KIAA

 

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What is KIAA?

Message from KIAA Chair

Listing of Board Members

Join a Committee

Support Our Neighborhood

KIAA Board Meeting Minutes

KIAA bylaws (click for PDF)

KIAA EEO Policy_approved 120312

KIAA ADA Policy_approved 120312

KIAA Grievance Procedure

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What is KIAA ?

Kenwood Isles Area Association is a volunteer organization of Kenwood residents who, since 1962, have worked together in a collaborative effort to address issues and matters related to maintaining and improving the quality of life in our neighborhood. The neighborhood-elected Board of Directors generally meets the 1st Monday of the month from 7:00 to 8:30 PM at the Kenwood Recreation Center, 2101 W. Franklin Ave. These meetings are open to the public. The topics of discussion include:

A City Council update from Lisa Goodman, our City Council representative

A Treasurer’s report

Committee updates

Other neighborhood updates/news

We invite you to attend our meetings and to become involved in the neighborhood by joining the Board or serving on one of our committees: Communications, Crime and Safety, Events/Special Projects, Light Rail Transit (LRT), Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP), and Zoning.

We also invite you to participate in our neighborhood events which include:

The City of Lakes Loppet and neighborhood skating party in late January/early February

Our annual neighborhood meeting in May

Special events in Kenwood Park during the summer

The Twin Cities Marathon in early October.

KIAA Mission Statement – To build a strong community in the Kenwood-Isles area by providing leadership, information on local matters, and a forum for issues resolution.

Kenwood Mascot, Egret (Why the Egret you ask? Unknown.)

Kenwood Color, Red (Why red you ask? Unknown.)

 

Message from KIAA Chair

The KIAA Board continues to work on issues affecting Kenwood residents. These issues include:

  1. Light Rail. The planned construction of light rail in the neighborhood brings both great opportunity and challenge. Connecting to a growing system will allow residents access to the western suburbs, both downtowns, the northern suburbs, and the airport. We face two challenges with the arrival of light rail: we need to ensure that it moves safely through the neighborhood; we need to work to make sure that is has the least impact on the neighborhood and the environment. To that end, we have neighbors on the various committees that are making decisions on design, station areas, and the mitigation of the overall effect the project will have on the neighborhood.
  2. Freight Rail Re-Route. The approved plan for the light rail construction requires the reroute of the freight line out of the Kenilworth Corridor (because of space constraints). Currently, there is discussion to redesign the project in order to allow both light rail and freight rail to run in the corridor. KIAA Board members are involved in meetings that discuss the issue and are trying to make sure resident concerns are heard.
  3. Parade Road. Though it is not in Kenwood, the reconstruction of the road in front of Parade Ice Garden affects many residents. We have followed the discussions and have heard presentations from Anita Tabb, our Park Board Representative.
  4. The Budget. As we faced last year, budget issues are affecting Kenwood Recreation Center. We are working closely with the management of the center to offer whatever help we can.

We invite your input and involvement in any of these issues. We also are glad to hear from you about any other issue you think is affecting the quality of life in our neighborhood. Join us for our monthly board meeting. Volunteer to be part of the board or work on specific board committees (e.g., LRT, zoning, communications, crime and safety). Visit our new website (http://kenwoodminneapolis.org) and stay informed on neighborhood events and news.

Thanks and have a great spring!

KIAA Board Chair

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KIAA BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Shawn Smith (Chair)

ssmith288@me.com

Larry Moran (Vice Chair)

larrymoran1955@gmail.com

Jack Levi (Secretary)

jack@levicapital.com

Matthew Spies (Treasurer)

matthew.spies@gmail.com

Michael Bono

mbono@brocade.com

Mark Brown

Mark@AcceleratedInnovations.com

Jeanette Colby

jmcolby@earthlink.net

Angie Erdrich

angie_sandeep@yahoo.com

Kyle Leier

Kyleier@gmail.com

Jeremy Nichols

jsn@umn.edu

Will Stensrud

willstensrud@gmail.com

 

Join a Committee – The KIAA would love to have more neighborhood participation on our standing committees. We need your ideas on how to make the KIAA even better and more relevant to everyone in the neighborhood. Any one who lives or owns property in the Kenwood neighborhood is eligible to join. If you are interested in participating, please contact any of the committee members listed:
Communications (Chair is vacant) –This committee works toward better communication among neighbors, KIAA Board members, and other organizations and entities. It also works to promote the Kenwood neighborhood.Responsibilities include:
  • Publishing the semi-annual KIAA newsletter and monthly e-newsletter
  • Maintaining the KIAA web site
  • Creating/maintaining the neighborhood welcome kit
  • Developing communication materials and methods
  • Maintaining the neighborhood e-mail distribution list

Crime and Safety Chair is Mark Johnson – mjruns26@gmail.com

This committee works to promote safety in the Kenwood neighborhood.Goals include:

  • Keeping the community safe
  • Educating residents about safety issues
  • Communicating information about crimes in the area in a timely and accurate manner
  • Recruiting block leaders
  • Maintaining a relationship with the Minneapolis Police Dept. and Crime Prevention Specialist
  • For more information or to subscribe to the quarterly e-newsletter for our precinct (the 5th) visit: www.minneapolismn.gov/police/about/5th-precinct.aspor text SPOTLIGHT to 22828.

Events/Special Projects Chair is Amy Lucas – amymlucas@gmail.com

This committee plans neighborhood events and works with the Kenwood Recreation Center staff and other neighborhood associations to co-sponsor events. It also addresses issues of current interest to neighborhood residents and ensures KIAA representation on community task forces.Some of the annual events coordinated by this committee are:

  • Skating party
  • Earth day/community cleanup day
  • Neighborhood Annual Meeting

LRT Chair is Jeanette Colby – jmcolby@earthlink.net

Hennepin County and the Met Council are planning a light rail line (SWLRT) between Eden Prairie and downtown Minneapolis that would run along the Kenilworth Trail through the Kenwood neighborhood. KIAA has taken an active role in advocating for high design standards and mitigation that protect our parks and neighborhood.Responsibilities include:

  • Attending community meetings
  • Drafting resolutions
  • Communicating with the KIAA Board and neighbors

NRP Chair position is vacant

This committee acts as liaison with the Minneapolis Neighborhood Revitalization Program (NRP) and with the new Minneapolis Neighborhood & Community Relations (NCR) Department.

Responsibilities include:

  • Management of our NRP funds
  • Solicitation of neighborhood projects to be recipients of our NRP funds
  • Completion of required paperwork
  • Development and implementation of our NRP Phase II plan
  • Communication with NRP staff and neighborhood activists citywide regarding NRP matters
  • Communications and written materials required by new Minneapolis NCR Department
  • Frequent updates regarding NRP and Minneapolis NCR/NCEC matters at KIAA Board meetings

Zoning Chair is Larry Moran – larrymoran1955@gmail.com

This committee acts as the liaison between neighborhood homeowners seeking variances or conditional use permits and the KIAA Board.

Responsibilities include:

  • Responding to neighbor’s questions regarding neighborhood zoning rules
  • Communicating the variance or conditional use permit process to neighbors
  • Meeting with neighbors to review any variance or conditional use permit requests
  • Communicating with Minneapolis zoning and planning officials
  • Presenting requests for variances or conditional use permits to the KIAA Board

 

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Support Our Neighborhood – Your membership helps KIAA support neighborhood projects and events. Click on the link below to download a PDF of the membership form, then print out the form:

KIAA_Membership form (PDF)

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June Minutes

KIAA Board met June 5th, 2017 at the Kenwood Recreation Center

 Chair Jeanette Colby called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

Directors – Elect present:  Chair Jeanette Colby, Vice Chair Larry Moran, Treasurer Matt Spies, Jack Levi, Mike Bono, Angie Erdrich, Will Stensruud, Kyle Leier, Jeremy Nichols, Carl Goldstein, Secretary Shawn Smith.  Absent:  Mark Brown.  Also present CM Lisa Goodman.

 The Agenda was Approved Unanimously

Highlights from the KIAA Annual Gathering – All

  • The KIAA Annual Gathering was held on Monday May 8th (rain date)
  • Total attendees were approximately 100.
  • The 2017-2018 board was elected, including 3 new board members (Kyle Leier, Jeremy Nichols, Carl Goldstein).  Josine Peters stepped down, and we thank her for her service.
  • Speakers included Louise Erdrich regarding the renovation of the former Stephen Dean’s Tailors space, and Deb Pilger from MPRB regarding goats at Hidden Beach.  MetroBlooms and Hennepin County Recycling set up information tables.

 

City Council Update – Lisa Goodman

  • Penn/Oliver Avenue reconstruction utility and roadwork is beginning.  The work will be completed by early fall.
  • The Annual Lunch with Lisa Field Trip will happen June 21st at 11:45AM.  You can choose from an Arts Tour of the Sculpture Garden, or a Hard Hat Tour of The Target Center Renovation.  Please contact Lisa’s office, as space is limited.  The next Lunch with Lisa is in September and will cover the Peavey Plaza renovation.
  • The City will not be able to ban plastic bags from grocery stores as originally planned (due to state legislative pre-emption).  The City is exploring other options and strategies to reduce the use of plastic bags.
  • Household hazardous waste events are occurring in June, July, and August.  The city will recover or recycle paint, solvents, etc. for free.  The next two are June 23-24 at the Public Works Facility (3607 E 44th St), and July 28-29 at Jenny Lind Elementary (5025 Bryant Ave N)
  • There was an open discussion on plastic bags, organic composting, downtown crime

 

Election of Officers – All

  • The board elected officers for the 2017-2018 season, and welcomed three new directors.  The new KIAA board was unanimously approved by vote; Chair:  Shawn Smith.  Vice-Chair:  Larry Moran.  Treasurer:  Matt Spies.  Secretary:  Jack Levi.

Conflict of Interest Policy – All

  • The KIAA Board approved the KIAA Conflict of Interest Policy by email voting on April 26th, 2017.
  • Each board member signed the policy which is designed to 1) protect public trust in the integrity of the KIAA-decision making process and 2) to establish the procedures applicable to the identification and resolution of conflicts of interest in the context of transactions or arrangements entered into by KIAA where a member may have a financial interest in or fiduciary responsibility towards an entity with which KIAA is negotiating a transaction or arrangement.

 

Financial Report – Matt Spies

  • Matt reported that donations in 2017 were down more than 50% vs. 2016.  This needs to be a focus for the upcoming fiscal year.  Jeanette made a motion to approve reimbursements as noted on financial detail.  Approved unanimously.

 

Oriole Feeding Installations/Prairie Restoration Project – Angie Erdrich

  • Angie requested reimbursement for $192 to support the installation of the Oriole Feeding Station, to plant new plants in the prairie restoration area and food for the orioles.  The plants are consistent with the strategy as they are part of the natural environment for the prairie and orioles.  The funding was already approved at the April meeting and is under budget so was approved unanimously.

 

East Cedar Lake Beach Programming– Will Stensruud

  • Mark Brown and Will Stensruud planned the June 10th Family Beach Opener.  Artrageous is hosting activities for kids.  Jeanette moved to approve $300 for food and refreshments and not more than $500.  Approved unanimously.
  • There will be a Summer Solstice Celebration on Wednesday, June 21st.  Artrageous is hosting the solstice party and it will be shared via social media.
  • Yoga is free to the public (hosted by KIAA) is held every Thursday at 7PM.
  • Open water swims start Monday June 19th.  Participants must sign up with the Park Board.

 

Jim Gilroy Bench Dedication – Angie Erdrich

  • KIAA last year lost a beloved board member, Jim Gilroy.  Thanks to the generosity of Kenwood residents, Jim’s friends and family, a bench was purchased in his memory on the Lake of the Isles Walking Path, across from Lake of the Isles Lutheran Church.  On Sunday, June 25th (1-5PM) there will be a dedication picnic.  All are welcome to attend to celebrate his life.

 

Park Board Update – Mark Holtey

  • The Kenwood Rec Center will receive a Little Library this month.
  • There will be a Minnesota Zoomobile Presentation Friday June 23rd at the Kenwood Park Picnic area from 1-1:45PM.
  • Movies in the Park at Kenwood Part resumes Friday June 23rd 15 minutes after dusk.  This month’s showing will be Hidden Figures.

 

Chair Jeanette Colby adjourned the meeting at 8:45 p.m.

 The next Kenwood Isles Area Association Board meeting is on Monday, July 10th, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Kenwood Corner. Monthly meetings are held on the first calendar Monday of each month unless otherwise noted.  KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service, and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting us at kenwoodminneapolis.org

 

April 2017 KIAA Meeting Minutes

KIAA Board met April 3rd, 2017 at Kenwood Rec Center

Chair Jeanette Colby called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

 Directors present:  Chair Jeanette Colby, Vice Chair Larry Moran, Jack Levi, Mike Bono, Josine Peters, Will Stensruud, Secretary Shawn Smith.  Absent:  Mark Brown, Angie Erdrich, and Matt Spies.  Also present CM Lisa Goodman, Jean Deatrick.

 

The Agenda was Approved Unanimously

 

City Council Update – Lisa Goodman

  • Penn/Oliver Avenue reconstruction is scheduled to begin within a couple of months. The area to be reconstructed is from Douglas Ave to Lake of the Isles Parkway.  There will be an assessment of .22 cents per sq/ft per property owner, representing 7% of the total cost of $1M.  There will be a public information meeting reviewing the project on April 25th at 6:30 at the Kenwood Rec Center.  There will be a separate public meeting on the assessment, tentatively scheduled for May 9th.
  • The April 26th Lunch with Lisa will host representatives from the Park Board and Walker Sculpture Garden.  They will discuss public art and sculpture, including updates on the Walker.  Please call Lisa’s office to order a lunch in advance ($10).
  • Street sweeping begins April 11. www.minneapolismn.gov/publicworks/streetsweeping.  Please be sure to follow parking restrictions to avoid a ticket.  Yard waste bundles will also be picked up at the same time – place it with recycling for pickup.  Do not sweep into the street as it is damaging to the environment.
  • As Backyard Fire season begins, please observe City Rules:  Permitted only 9AM to 10PM, burn only untreated fire wood (no trash), fire must be 25 feet from a structure and in a fire ring.
  • I-94 will be under construction from the Lowry Hill Tunnel to Brooklyn Center, starting in May.  An example of an impact to Minneapolis is that I-94 will be reduced to two lanes from May to November.  One side of the Lowry Hill Tunnel will be closed.  The project website is www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/i94brooklyncntr.
  • I-35W will be under rehabilitation starting Summer 2017-Fall 2021, between 43rd St S and 15th St.  Please see www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/i35wminneapolis.

 

Financial Report – Matt Spies (Pre-Report)

  • Matt pre-reported less than $2500 in expenditures for the month, which included payments for the Hill and Lake Press Annual Sponsorship, down payments for the annual gathering, and board liability insurance.

 

2552 W Lake of the Isles Variance – Ryan Smith, Tyler Hillger

  • Construction on the vacant lot at 2552 W. Lake of the Isles Parkway will require two variances to build as designed:  1) Front Yard Setback.  Due to the curve of the street, the setback rule would place the house in violation.  The variance would allow the setback variance to be consistent with the adjacent homes.  As designed, the front of the home will be behind the front of the original home down in 2004.  2) Terrace Square Footage Maximum.  The planned terrace would be allowable if variance 1 is approved.
  • KIAA did not make a motion on the variance and requested that the board be kept informed and adjacent neighbors directly engaged by the homeowner.
  • If approved by the city, construction would begin late summer 2017.

 

CPP and Priority Plan

  • The board voted unanimously to approve the 2016 KIAA CPP Annual Report, which will be submitted to the city.
  • Mike presented a Financial Interest and Fiduciary Responsibility conflict of interest policy, now required by Minneapolis, to preserve public trust in the integrity of KIAA decision-making process.  The policy, once signed, will also be posted to the KIAA website.  The policy will be voted on between meetings to allow board members time to review.

 

East Cedar Lake Beach (ECLB)– Will Stensruud

·         Will reviewed the proposed budget for the summer of 2017 at $5450, to support programming: Yoga, Log Rolling, June 10 Summer Kickoff Party, BeArtrageous, and a Music Series.  Motions were made to fund June 10th Summer Kickoff ($1300), Yoga ($600 for 10 sessions), the June 21st Solstice Party ($150), July 15th Pirates and Mermaids ($500).  Approved unanimously.

·         An additional expenditure of $2000 was proposed to buy a generator to fill a bounce house for weekly events.  Due to liability concerns, the subcommittee was asked to go back and research further prior to a vote on the funding.

 

Annual Gathering May 1st – Jeanette Colby for Angie Erdrich

  • The Gathering is 6-7:30 at Kenwood Corner
  • KIAA board members are requested to sign up for tasks.
  • As the board elections are held during the gathering, any residents of Kenwood that are interested in joining the KIAA board are encouraged to contact ssmith288@me.com and indicate interest.  Current board members were requested to announce their intent to run prior to the next meeting.

 

Southwest Light Rail Transit Project Updates – Shawn Smith

  • Shawn provides updates on this standing topic, the #1 priority for the board per the Neighborhood Priority Plan survey.
  • County Transit Improvement Board did not vote unanimously from disbanding, with Dakota County voting against without a larger payout, and Hennepin County against because commissioners knew that CTIB would not disband.  It remains to be seen whether a county sales tax can be implemented to fund the missing state share of $135M
  • SWLRT and Bottineau line are not approved for funding in the new proposed federal budget.  84 State legislators signed a letter to Transportation Secretary Chao further requesting that funding be withheld because it did not have legislative support.
  • Files are advancing at the state level to remove/increase railroad liability for co-location, block any future light rail transit without state approval, and implement terms and elections to Met Council officials.

 

The meeting was adjourned by Chair Jeanette Colby at 8:45 p.m.

 

The next Kenwood Isles Area Association Board meeting is the Annual Gathering on Monday, May 1st, from 6:00-7:30 p.m. at the Kenwood Corner. Monthly meetings are held on the first calendar Monday of each month unless otherwise noted.  KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service, and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, 

 

March 2017 KIAA Meeting Minutes

 KIAA Board met March 6th, 2017 at Kenwood Rec Center

 Chair Jeanette Colby called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m.

 Directors present:  Chair Jeanette Colby, Vice Chair Larry Moran, Treasurer Matt Spies, Jack Levi, Josine Peters, Mark Brown, Will Stensruud, Secretary Shawn Smith.  Absent:  Mike Bono, Angie Erdrich.  Also present CM Lisa Goodman.

 The Agenda Was Approved Unanimously

City Council Update – Lisa Goodman

  • Penn/Oliver Avenue will be ground, patched, and resurfaced, as part of the Concrete Streets Rehabilitation program, and will extend the life of the street for 15 years.  The area to be reconstructed is from Douglas Ave to Lake of the Isles Parkway.  There will be an assessment of .22 cents per sq/ft per property owner, representing 7% of the total cost of $1M.  There will be a public information meeting held during the month of April, an announcement will be sent out on Next Door.  There will be a public hearing in May regarding the assessment.
  • The March 29th Lunch with Lisa will be an update on Peavey Plaza renovations.
  • Unspent and frozen NRP money will be returned to neighborhoods.  Kenwood received $1000 back.  The amount received by Kenwood for NRP was mostly spent in support of our neighborhood priorities.
  • I-94 will be under construction from the Lowry Hill Tunnel to Brooklyn Center, starting in May.  An example of an impact to Minneapolis is that I-94 will be reduced to two lanes from May to November.  One side of the Lowry Hill Tunnel will be closed.  The project website is www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/i94brooklyncntr.

 

Financial Report – Matt Spies

  • KIAA donated $750 to support the Kenwood School auction.
  • The board discussed the importance of managing the budget on a three-year cycle, tied to the funding cycle from the city.  Also discussed was ensuring that the budget would address reimbursable expenditures vs non-reimbursable expenditures that depend on neighbor contributions.

 

 

East Cedar Lake Beach (ECLB)– Matt Spies, Mark Brown

·         Matt submitted a proposal to define objectives for the 2017 season, focusing on the implementation of 3 recurring activities such as puppet shows, yoga, log rolling, etc.  Additionally, how to engage the Park Board to implement improvements to the beach prior to SWLRT operations.

  • KIAA will continue to take the lead on planning the programming.  Options will be discussed for future seasons to fund an intern to manage the programming and community outreach.  For 2017, a subcommittee will be formed to develop the action plan and report to the board at the April meeting.  Larry noted that it is important to share the plan at the annual neighborhood gathering on May 1st.

 

Annual Gathering – Jeanette Colby for Angie Erdrich

  • The gathering is May 1st.  Angie put together a to-do and sign up list for tasks that need to be completed to have a successful event.  The biggest issue to finalize is food.  KIAA is exploring different options that can reduce cost.  An option is to identify any neighborhood caterers or restaurant owners to support the event with food.
  • As the board elections are held during the gathering, any residents of Kenwood that are interested in joining the KIAA board are encouraged to contact ssmith288@me.com and indicate interest.

 

Southwest Light Rail Transit Project – Shawn Smith

  • Jeanette attended the January Citizens Advisory Council meeting.   The Project Office is developing a website to share updates related to construction of SWLRT.
  • The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District voted unanimously to permit SWLRT for construction through the waters that it manages.  Cedar Lake and the Kenilworth Channel drain into the creek and the Mississippi River, which MCWD manages.
  • On March 8th, County Transit Improvement Board voted to disband, clearing the way for Hennepin County to implement a 50 cent sales tax to fund SWLRT state share and ongoing operational costs.  However, because Dakota County voted against disbanding, there will be a process to follow where either CTIB will have one county member, or increasing the buyout to the county to gain their vote.
  • Full federal funding grant of $900M, if awarded, will happen by the end of June.

 

The meeting was adjourned by Chair Jeanette Colby at 8:35 p.m.

 

Updates:  Please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more. If you are interested in participating on the Board, please contact us. 

 

The next Kenwood Isles Area Association Board meeting is Monday, April 3rd, from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Kenwood Recreation Center. Monthly meetings are held on the first calendar Monday of each month unless otherwise noted.  KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service, and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting us at kenwoodminneapolis.org

 

 February 2017 KIAA Meeting Minutes

 KIAA Board met February 6th, 2017 at Kenwood Rec Center

 Chair Jeanette Colby called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

 Directors present:  Chair Jeanette Colby, Vice Chair Larry Moran, Treasurer Matt Spies, Mike Bono, Jack Levi, Angie Erdrich, Will Stensruud, Secretary Shawn Smith (Recording Secretary).  Absent:  Mark Brown, Josine Peters.  Also present CM Lisa Goodman, Police Chief Ohotto, and 4 other residents.

 The Agenda was Approved Unanimously

City Council Update – Lisa Goodman

  • Penn/Oliver Avenue will be ground, patched, and resurfaced, as part of the Concrete Streets Rehabilitation program, and will extend the life of the street for 15 years.  There will be an assessment of .22 cents per sq/ft per property owner and contribute 7% of the total budget of $1M.  There will be a large neighborhood meeting held in advance to share details.  Work will be completed prior to fall.
  • The February 22nd Lunch with Lisa topic is Emergency Preparedness, including natural disasters and pandemic readiness.  Please contact her office if you would like to attend.
  • Ward 7 has been prioritized for the City’s Tree Planting Program.  Residents can get information and order trees March 6-12 at www.treetrust.org.  There will be a lottery, and those selected will be notified by March 22.  Trees will have a nominal cost to residents.
  • Jeanette provided an update on the parking situation in Downtown Kenwood.  She reported that the business owners did not support a KIAA proposed solution to add restrict parking to one side of 21st St.   Another possible solution is to clarify the parking signs on Penn Avenue in front of Kenwood School.  One resident from Oliver Ave expressed his concerns on the adverse effect he is experiencing.

 

East Cedar Lake Beach (ECLB)– Park Police Chief Ohotto

·         KIAA dedicated $5000 for police overtime (80 hours of patrols).  2016 had the second lowest number of police reports since the lowest year (2008).

·         The Chief continues to recommend a balance of extra patrols with the positive programming that has happened in the last 2 years.  Neighborhood involvement/usage of the beach is also important, vs. solely relying on police patrols.

·         Jeanette moved to spend $5000 for 2017 continued additional policing, pending the securing of city funding via the Neighborhood Priority Plan contract.  Mike will inform the board once city funding is confirmed.

 

Lake of the Isles Skating Party – Jeanette Colby

  • The party was rescheduled for February 12th due to poor ice conditions.  KIAA will still contribute cookies towards the event.

 

Financial Report – Matt Spies

  • Residents donated $747 last month, most in response to the annual newsletter.  KIAA also received some city reimbursements, totaling $2500.  KIAA appreciates the local funding of the neighborhood residents.
  • Jean Deatrich has helped Matt mail thank you letters in response to all donations.

 

Letter of Concern over 3020 Kenwood Parkway – Jeanette Colby

  • Calhoun-Isles Association is opposing the construction of a Residential High Rise on the Northeast Corner of Lake Calhoun that would possibly violate the Shoreland Overlay District and would certainly be in opposition to local ordinance.  The building would be 59 feet tall and out of character with the surrounding neighborhood.
  • Jeanette proposed a letter stating KIAA’s position that developers need to respect the overlay district not only for this project/lake but for future projects and other lakes.  This position supports the KIAA Neighborhood Priority of protecting the environment, lakes, and waterways.  The Overlay height restriction exists to protect the lake edge from out of scale development, shading, and wind concentration and a negative human caused impact on the environment.  Larry moved to send the letter, approved unanimously.  A response was received from CM Lisa Bender that it does not violate the Overlay Disctrict but does violate local zoning.  Jeanette is working with the city and C-I Association to clarify.

 

Annual Gathering – Jeanette Colby

·         The annual gathering and board elections are May 1.  Any residents that would like to run for a board position are encouraged to contact KIAA; ssmith288@me.com.

·         To reduce costs, new food alternatives will be considered for the annual gathering.

 

Kenwood School Request – Angie Erdrich

·         The School requested $750 in funding to be a sponsor of the Kenwood School Auction and Fundraiser.  KIAA supported this request in 2016.

·         KIAA view is that the funding supports the Neighborhood Priority of supporting robust programming and education our Kenwood School, which not only serves Kenwood children but children from other parts of the city.  Shawn moved to support the funding, unanimously approved.

 

Southwest Light Rail Transit Project – Shawn Smith

  • Jeanette attended the January CAC meeting.   The Southwest Project Office is developing a website to share updates related to construction of SWLRT.
  • Shawn shared that at the State Legislature GOP leadership is challenging that the Met Council will rely on the state to pay 50% of ongoing operating costs for light rail and transit but the state has no voice in which or how many projects are built.  That would mean that there is no elected voice in the regional transit plan and required state funding.
  • The Minnehaha Creek Watershed District is meeting on February 23rd to vote whether to approve permits for SWLRT construction and operation in areas that MCWD manages.  The MCWD is responsible for maintaining the water quality for the Watershed, which includes the Chain of Lakes.  The public comment period closed February 2nd, and many testified concerns about conflicts of interest with MCWD managers.  Most managers were appointed by Hennepin County Commissioners, that support the project.
  • As only 3 Kenwood properties are identified to have severe averse impacts, KIAA will consider funding an independent study of vibration and noise similar to one conducted at the Minneapolis/St Louis Park border.  The study would evaluate the Kenilworth Corridor north of the Kenilworth Channel.  Jeanette will contact the engineers to find out if there would be any benefit and what the cost would be.

 

New Business – All

·         Matt will kick off the planning for ECLB programming for 2017.  He will solicit resident ideas.

 

The meeting was adjourned by Chair Jeanette Colby at 8:35 p.m.

 

Updates: If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at kiaa55405@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more. If you are interested in participating on the Board, please contact us. 

 

The next Kenwood Isles Area Association Board meeting is Monday, March 1st from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Kenwood Recreation Center. Monthly meetings are held on the first calendar Monday of each month unless otherwise noted.  KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service, and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting us at kenwoodminneapolis.org

 

January 2017 KIAA Meeting Minutes

KIAA Board met January 9th, 2017 at the Kenwood Rec Center

 Chair Jeanette Colby called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

 Directors present:  Chair Jeanette Colby, Vice Chair Larry Moran, Angie Erdrich, Mark Brown, Will Stensrud, Shawn Smith (Recording Secretary).  Directors Absent:  Jack Levi, Josine Peters, Mike Bono, Treasurer Matt Spies.

 

The Agenda was unanimously approved

 

City of Minneapolis Update – Lisa Goodman, Council Member Ward 7

  • Snow Emergencies are communicated via Facebook, Instragram, Email/text alerts, City of Minneapolis Mobile App.  All residents are encouraged to sign up for alerts to be aware of when Snow Emergencies are declared.
  • Road Sand is available from the City Public Works Sites, to be placed in a barrel in areas that are needed.  Please contact Lisa’s office to request a barrel of sand.
  • Christmas Trees are recycled by the city.  Please put your trees at your regular pickup site.  Old Christmas lights can also be recycled; go to www.recycleminnesota.org.
  • Lunch with Lisa is January 25th at St Thomas Opus Hall.  The topic is Public Art, including a sneak preview of the Nicollet Mall art.  Lisa is always interested in constituents’ ideas for topics.
  • Jeanette brought to Lisa’s attention NRP survey results to get her perspective on what is within the city’s ability to address.  Many issues raised in the survey, including noise and excessive speed are regulated and difficult to enforce.  Any public works issues such as alley defects should be directed to Lisa’s office.  Jeanette will follow up with Lisa to address the continuing parking and alley access problem by Downtown Kenwood.

 

Lake of the Isles Warming House – Kathy Spraitz

  • Kathy shared that a volunteer group with representatives from from CIDNA, Lowry Hill and East Isles, the Minneapolis Parks Foundation, MPRB staff and local architects are considering that the warming house should be replaced, in part based on age (18 years old). The cost to bring the structure in and out by crane is increasing to $20K per year; a new structure designed to be more easily transported could make moving it less expensive. The idea being discussed is to change the structure into one that can be used all year, across different sites, for different purposes. There will be a design competition and funds raised. KIAA supports the idea of replacement but there was a discussion as to whether it’s appropriate for KIAA to contribute neighborhood funds.

 

Treasurer Report – Jeanette Colby

  • Several contributions were received in January ($398) as a result of the Fall Newsletter.  KIAA appreciates the support and Matt will work with Jean to send acknowledgement letters to the donors.

 

Lake of the Isles Skating Party

  • Angie will provide via cookies for the party funded by KIAA.  The party is January 22nd from 1-3PM.

 

Rain Garden Grant Application – Angie Erdrich

  • KIAA will help manage the process for Rain garden applications and awarding grants from MetroBlooms.  This year is the third year of this partnership, and this year there will be no cost to KIAA.  KIAA will make an in-kind donation of time and resources to promote the initiative.  More information will be provided by the end of January.  Rain gardens support our NRP initiative of protecting the lakes and environment.

 

Cedar Lake Orioles Project – Angie Erdrich

  • Angie is leading engagement with Kenwood School to reinstall Oriole feeding stations this spring.  Last year, orioles were abundant and several classes visited Cedar Lake Park to see them, accompanied by teachers and neighborhood volunteers.  This initiative is important because it drives more family and educational opportunities at Cedar Lake.  Angie requested $200 for laminated signs and feeding station supplies (food).  Jeanette moved to approve, unanimously approved.

 

Annual Gathering Planning Kickoff – Angie Erdrich

  • The annual gathering will be May 1st in downtown Kenwood, which includes food and election of KIAA officers.  In order to keep costs in check, other food options will be explored.

 

Communication Committee – Jeanette Colby

  • Will, Mark, and Jeanette will work with Jean regarding a communication committee and communication plan.

 

Southwest Light Rail – Shawn Smith

  • Shawn shared that CTIB is likely in the process of self-dissolving so that Hennepin County can raise the transit sales tax to .5%, to fund the missing $140M state share of funding.
  • There was a discussion whether to contact the FTA regarding Met Council compliance to 2012 Certification Requirements for Federal Funding, and without a vote KIAA determined not to take any action.
  • The Met Council is contacting three LRT- adjacent property owners to discuss construction.  These are the only houses at 21st St that the Met Council deems to be impacted by LRT operations.

 

Neighborhood Priority Plan – Mark Brown

  • The top 5 priorities from the survey were identified – SWLRT, Lakes/Parks/Environment, Kenwood Rec Center events, Hidden Beach Safety, and Kenwood School.  Jeanette wrote a summary report to share with anyone interested.

 

New Business – All

  • East Calhoun Association is asking KIAA to support opposition to a 54 foot tall residential building to be built adjacent to Tin Fish on Lake Calhoun (replacing 3 existing homes).  The proposed structure would be within the Shoreland Overlay District which has a height restriction of 36 feet.  As an action taken between meetings, the proposal will be reviewed and voted on whether to support or not support the opposition.
  • Park Board Police Chief Ohotto will be invited to attend the KIAA February Meeting.

 

The meeting was adjourned by Chair Jeanette Colby at 8:50 p.m.

 

KIAA needs new board members.  If you are interested in joining the board, please contact us or come to a monthly meeting.  Being a KIAA board member is an excellent way to serve our community and stay informed on issues that are, or will, impact our neighborhood.

 

Updates: If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at kiaa55405@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more. If you are interested in participating on the Board, please contact us. 

 

The next Kenwood Isles Area Association Board meeting is Monday, February 6th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Kenwood Recreation Center. Monthly meetings are held on the first calendar Monday of each month unless otherwise noted.  KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service, and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know.

 December 2016 KIAA Meeting Minutes

 KIAA Board met December 5th, 2016 at the Kenwood Rec Center

 Chair Jeanette Colby called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

 Directors present:  Chair Jeanette Colby, Vice Chair Larry Moran, Treasurer Matt Spies, Mike Bono, Jack Levi, Josine Peters, Angie Erdrich, Mark Brown, Shawn Smith (Recording Secretary).

 

The Agenda was unanimously approved

 

City of Minneapolis Update – Lisa Goodman, Council Member Ward 7

  • Minneapolis finalizes its 2017 budget on December 7th.  On November 30th, there was a public hearing; 45 people provided testimony on the mayor’s proposed budget. There was a significant organized effort to reduce proposed police budgeting in favor of more community based non-profit policing.  The mayor had proposed adding 15 additional sworn officers as 2016 had the lowest number of officers this decade, 100 less than 2009.  Neighborhoods Organizing for Change challenged that increase.  (Addendum Post KIAA Meeting:  December 7th saw a similar number of testimonials and content, and the budget was adopted with the 15 additional officers.)
  • The budget also proposes a new position of Small Business Navigator.  This position would assist small businesses in navigating the Minneapolis city laws and regulations.  Lisa supports up to 4 positions in order to help small business navigate the city’s complex licensing and codes.
  • Lisa emphasized that the Final Truth in Taxation notices that were mailed in November did not include the voter approved school special taxation levy.  Therefore, property taxes are understated by approximately 10%.  Revised Final Notices will not be mailed.  (Note to residents:  look at your 2016 School District Voter Approved Levy to see approximately how much your 2017 taxes are understated.
  • Car2Go is ending operations in Minneapolis because of two business conditions that created an inability for the company to be profitable.  1)  The city mandated that Car2Go distribute cars equitably throughout the city; however, because some neighborhoods had higher origination/destination usage than others, the company incurred high costs to redistribute cars, and some cars sat idle in lower-used neighborhoods.  Publicly, Car2Go cited that they were taxed/licensed at a car rental rate, which is higher than that of taxis and other ride-share services.
  • Lunch with Lisa will resume in January after December 12ths Later with Lisa.  Lisa is interested in constituent input for topics for her schedule of 2017 lunches.

 

New Board Member – Jeanette Colby

  • Jeanette introduced Will Stensrud, who with his family purchased a home in Kenwood one year ago.  Will asked to join the board to become more involved in the issues that shape Kenwood.  Jeanette motioned to approve his addition, and it was approved unanimously.  Welcome Will!

 

Southwest Light Rail – Shawn Smith

  • November was a busy month for SWLRT.  The FTA accepted testimony regarding Metropolitan Council accountability and adherence to process to determine certification for federal dollars for the next 4 years.  Many Kenwood residents sent testimony, including the LRT Done Right group.  Testimonials were published in last month’s Hill and Lakes Press.
  • Shawn stated that there are two key next steps where KIAA will engage in SWLRT:  1) Follow up with the FTA to find out about how the neighborhoods testimony will be used, and will the findings be made available to the public, and 2) SWRLT construction and mitigation is the top issue surfaced in the annual NRP survey, and KIAA will continue to keep SWLRT as a standing KIAA meeting topic, and publish updates in the Hill and Lakes Press.
  • LRT Done Right organization is engaging and meeting with key elected officials in the coming month to gain information and understanding of positions heading into the 2017 State Legislative Session.  Officials at the state, county, city, and park board will be met with.  KIAA’s position against residential development on the Kenilworth Trail/SWLRT line will be communicated.

 

Financial Report – Matt Spies, Treasurer

  • Matt reviewed the monthly balance sheet for KIAA as well as the expenditures and revenues for the month.  There was minimal activity during the month: payments made to Jean Deatrick and Post net for the Fall Newsletter, as well as a small payment to reimburse Pop Up Playground expense at “Hidden Beach,” and one donation.

 

Community Participation and Neighborhood Priority Plan – Mike Bono, Mark Brown

  • KIAA has submitted its Community Participation Program application for the upcoming three-year funding cycle by the City of Minneapolis, worth $25K annually to Kenwood.  KIAA is in the process of canvassing the neighborhood to determine the specific priorities to include in the Neighborhood Priority Plan.  The goal of NPP is to identify major initiatives for neighborhood organizations, and to communicate neighborhood priorities to the City and other jurisdictional partners.
  • The results of the Neighborhood Priorities survey were reviewed.  Top issues identified were SWLRT mitigation, protecting the lakes, East Cedar Lake Beach safety, supporting Kenwood Community Center activities/Common gathering place, more street lighting.
  • Jeanette noted that only 60 responses were received.  The link to the survey was put in the KIAA Fall Newsletter, Nextdoor, and Hill and Lakes Press.  Jean Deatrick will email out a link to her neighborhood email list and extend the deadline to December 18th to capture more feedback to feed the Top 5 Priorities.  There will also be future discussion on how to address other priorities received in written comments.

 

New Business – All

  • The Lake of the Isles Warming House will be replaced.  The Park Board is considering a mobile structure that can be used all year.  Neighborhood Associations are being approached to provide funding.  There was discussion as to whether or not neighborhood funds should be used towards this project in light of the “Close the Gap” funding recently allocated to the Park Board, totaling $11M annually and funded by property tax increases.
  • Action taken between meetings:  The board approved up to $200 to place a sign in Downtown Kenwood to help address the continued concerns over parking issues.  It will direct patrons towards alternative parking locations and try to keep alley access clear.  Exact wording and structure is under discussion.

 

The meeting was adjourned by Chair Jeanette Colby at 8:27 p.m.

 

KIAA needs new board members.  If you are interested in joining the board, please contact us or come to a monthly meeting.  Being a KIAA board member is an excellent way to serve our community and stay informed on issues that are, or will, impact our neighborhood.

 

Updates: If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at kiaa55405@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more. If you are interested in participating on the Board, please contact us. 

 

The next Kenwood Isles Area Association Board meeting is Monday, January 9th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Kenwood Recreation Center. Monthly meetings are held on the first calendar Monday of each month unless otherwise noted.  KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service, and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know.

 

November 2016 KIAA Meeting Minutes

KIAA Board met November 7th, 2016 at the Kenwood Rec Center

Chair Jeanette Colby called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

 

Directors present:  Chair Jeanette Colby, Vice Chair Larry Moran, Treasurer Matt Spies, Mike Bono, Jack Levi, Mark Brown, Shawn Smith (Recording Secretary).  Absent:  Angie Erdrich, Josine Peters.

 

The Agenda was unanimously approved

 

City of Minneapolis Update – Lisa Goodman, Council Member

  • There will not be a Lunch with Lisa in November due to Thanksgiving.  On Monday December 12th at 4:30pm will be Later with Lisa, her annual holiday party.  It will be held at the Normandy Inn.  Cash bar, parking is free.
  • Street sweeping is completed as of November 15th, as is yard waste pickup, for the season.  The city does not sweep alleys, leaf removal there is the responsibility of the home owner.
  • The house at 1204 Kenwood Parkway is under historic review.
  • Hennepin/Lyndale reconstruction is on track to be complete by December.
  • Lisa shared the Mayor’s 2017 Proposed Budget.  The board reviewed the budget and gleaned that the proposed levy increase is driven primarily by 1) 59 new positions in the city, 2) Park Board/City agreement on 20 Year Plan, 3) additional spending on social programs and grants to Non-Profit organizations.  The Truth in Taxation Hearing is November 30th at City Hall, and the budget will be adopted on December 7th.  Public testimony will be heard at both.

 

Financial Report – Matt Spies, Treasurer

  • Monthly expenditures were for the Gilroy Memorial Bench and the Thrill Kenwood, offset by city funds.

 

Southwest Light Rail – Jody Strakosch, Shawn Smith

  • Jody is the Citizen Advisory Committee representative to the Metropolitan Council and the CAC met last month.  Jody shared updates on SWLRT that were learned in the meeting.
    • LRT trains normally sound a horn coming out of a tunnel, but it will not sound when emerging from the tunnel in the Kenilworth Corridor.  There are also bells on each train that sound at road crossings, but at 21st St these will not sound and there will be a stationary bell.  This will allow for less variance in the sound impact and more reliable noise mitigation.
    • Revenue service is estimated to begin in 2021.  Construction is scheduled to be complete mid-2020.
    • Construction will begin in Fall 2017 to move the freight lines in the Kenilworth Corridor; there will be five phases of construction in our neighborhood and it is scheduled to be complete mid-2020.
    • Met Council representatives will be going door to door to record structural conditions of homes in order to establish a baseline for potential damage as a result of construction.  Addresses/scheduling to be announced in December.  It is not determined how repairs will be handled that are a result of construction.
    • The CAC November meeting was cancelled.  At future meetings Jody will continue to press for information and we will share in this space.
    • Shawn attended the FTA review of the Metropolitan Council’s certification on November 2nd.  The FTA certifies the Met Council every four years as a process to approve the Council to continue to receive federal funds.  Shawn shared that 5 speakers used SWLRT as an example where the Met Council did not consistently deliver against the objectives that the FTA measures against.  The public has until November 30th to provide testimony; if interested, please contact Shawn at ssmith288@me.com.

 

Rain Garden Grant Applications

  • Sign Ups are now being taken for 2017 Good Steward Raingardens.  Raingardens on your property help reduce pollution in our lakes.  MetroBlooms and KIAA are teaming up to install reduced-cost raingardens for 15 Kenwood homeowners.  Cost is reduced through a Good Steward Grant (cost to homeowners will be approximately $350 for a $2,000 raingarden).  Email Laura Scholl to get on the list:  laura@metroblooms.org

 

Community Participation and Neighborhood Priority Plan – Mike Bono

  • KIAA will be applying for the next three-year cycle of funding by the City of Minneapolis Community Participation Program for $25K annually.  KIAA will submit its Community Participation Program application that will include the Neighborhood Priority Plan.  The goal of the Neighborhood Priority Plan is to identify major initiatives for the neighborhood organization, and to communicate neighborhood priorities to the City and other jurisdictional partners.
  • Jeanette moved that the CPP application be approved, Mark seconded, unanimously passed.
  • A survey to solicit neighborhood input for the priority plan will be sent this month to ensure that monies are directed in the direction of projects that are valued by residents.  Here is the link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/kenwoodnpp  (If link doesn’t work, type in your browser)
  • This season was one of the lowest in terms of police incidents in recent history.  The full end of season report will be published in the KIAA Fall Newletter, being mailed this month.

East Cedar Lake Beach end of season report – Matt Spies

 

New Business – All

  • KIAA is receiving neighborhood impact letters from the Restorative Justice program from citations at East Cedar Lake Beach.  Fines can be waived if the cited writes a letter of atonement.
  • Shawn attended October’s Lunch with Lisa.  The topic was the 20 Year Park Plan and it was covered in detail by Superintendent Jayne Miller and Board President Anita Tabb.  The Kenwood Park will not receive any funding from the 20 Year Park Plan as it is not a high priority park as determined by the Park and Rec Board.  Examples of criteria on how prioritization were assessed are Areas of Racially Concentrated Poverty, Populations of Color, Population Density, Youth Population, Asset Lifespan, and Neighborhood Density.  Kenwood Park will still receive its funding as part of the regular budgeting process.  Shawn learned that The Park Board will have approximately $11M of annual incremental funding via the city and park board levy.  Shawn also learned that if Minneapolis were to implement a $15 minimum wage, it would increase payroll for the Park Board by approximately $2.2M annually.  It was not clear how the Park Board would adjust the plan or mitigate the impact of that wage increase without affecting the 20 Year Plan.

 

The meeting was adjourned by Chair Jeanette Colby at 8:34 p.m.

 

 

KIAA needs new board members.  If you are interested in joining the board, please contact us or come to a monthly meeting.  Being a KIAA board member is an excellent way to serve our community and stay informed on issues that are, or will, impact our neighborhood.

 

Updates: If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at kiaa55405@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more. If you are interested in participating on the Board, please contact us. 

 

The next Kenwood Isles Area Association Board meeting is Monday, December 5th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Kenwood Recreation Center. Monthly meetings are held on the first calendar Monday of each month unless otherwise noted.  KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service, and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting us at kenwoodminneapolis.org

 

 October 2016 KIAA Meeting Minutes

 KIAA Board met October 3rd, 2016 at the Kenwood Rec Center

 Chair Jeanette Colby called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

 Directors present:  Chair Jeanette Colby, Treasurer Matt Spies, Angie Erdrich, Mike Bono, Shawn Smith (Recording Secretary).  Absent:  Vice Chair Larry Moran, Jack Levi, Mark Brown, Josine Peters.

 

Neighborhood and Community Relations Department – Jack Whitehurst

  • Mr. Whitehurst represented the city for the annual board survey which the city is conducting.  The purpose of the survey is to gain demographic information on the makeup of city boards.
  • KIAA encourages all residents of the neighborhood who would like to serve on the board regardless of demographic background.
  • There was a general discussion on Neighborhood Action Plan money status.

 

Financial Report – Matt Spies

  • Matt presented an update on in/outflow of cash for the fiscal year, as well as a spending/income forecast through 2019.  Matt will present a financial report at each KIAA monthly meeting going forward.  This will allow for accurate planning on an annual basis going forward so expenditures can be prioritized.

 

Neighborhood Priority Plan and Budget – All

  • KIAA will be sending a survey to gain feedback on resident’s priorities to be addressed in the Neighborhood Priority Plan, which needs to be filed in November.  The survey was edited and approved to be sent.
  • The new warming house for Lake of the Isles winter skating area is still under consideration by the Minneapolis Park Board.  The new warming house is in concept stage.  Neighborhood associations may be approached to support it financially.
  • Amanda Vallone from BeArtrageous is planning Thrill Kenwood, a successful Halloween party that has been held in the years past.  The board approved repeating a $750 contribution towards the event.
  • The Jim Gilroy memorial bench (former board member, deceased) has been installed and all who donated are appreciated.
  • KIAA Fall newsletter is in process to be published by November.
  • KIAA was informed by a MPRB tree inspector who visited the Rec Center corner that 7 diseased crab apple and trees will be removed. They will be replaced in Spring 2017 with 3 North Star Cherry trees and 4 Mont Royal plum trees, which are disease resistant with useful fruit for the public to eat.

New Business – All

 

The meeting was adjourned by Chair Jeanette Colby at 8:40 p.m.

 

 

KIAA needs new board members.  If you are interested in joining the board, please contact us or come to a monthly meeting.  Being a KIAA board member is an excellent way to serve our community and stay informed on issues that are, or will, impact our neighborhood.

 

Updates: If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at kiaa55405@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more. If you are interested in participating on the Board, please contact us. 

 

September 2016 KIAA Meeting Minutes

KIAA Board met September 12th, 2016 at the Kenwood Rec Center

Chair Jeanette Colby called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

 

Directors present:  Chair Jeanette Colby, Treasurer Matt Spies, Jack Levi, Angie Erdrich, Mark Brown, Shawn Smith (Recording Secretary).  Absent:  Vice Chair Larry Moran, Mike Bono, Josine Peters.  Also present CM Lisa Goodman, Dee Montgomery (Heritage Coalition).

 

Opening Activities

  • Shawn moved for approval of the agenda, with the addition of Dee Montgomery’s topic, and it was approved unanimously.

 

City Council Update – Lisa Goodman

  • Lunch with Lisa will be September 28th at Opus Hall.  The topic is still being determined.  Lisa is always open to suggestions for topics for Lunch with Lisa, please contact her office with ideas.
  • Hennepin/Lyndale construction is still on schedule to be finished this fall.  Hennepin northbound will be open in the coming weeks.
  • The local government channels are changing as follows:  Comcast HD will be 799, and Standard Definition will be 14.  Century Link HD will be 8501, and standard definition will be 8001, Multilingual HD will be 8502, and standard definition multilingual will be 8002.
  • November 8th election early voting starts September 23rd.  There are 4 early voting locations in Minneapolis, please see the city website for more details.  Shawn Smith stated that the voting period was starting very early considering the first Presidential Debate is not until September 28th.

 

Historic Marker Restoration Project – Dee Montgomery

·         The centennial marker commemorating the establishment of the Fort Snelling Military Reservation will be restored.  The original boundary of the Fort Snelling Military Reservation included areas of Kenwood, and the marker that is being replaced is located on the southeast edge of Lake of the Isles.  The Heritage Commission has its own funds; tax dollars will not be used.

  • The board advised Dee to consult with Native Americans to ensure that any concerns regarding the history and commemoration of Fort Snelling were heard.

 

Southwest Light Rail Transit Project – Jeanette Colby, Shawn Smith

  • KIAA is pushing for clarification and information with the warning bell and mitigation strategy at the 21st St crossing.  KIAA has requested involvement from Commissioner Marion Greene and expressed the need for her support on this issue with the Southwest Project Office.  There are concerns over the volume of the proposed wayside bell.
  • The Section 106 process is continuing now that the Memorandum of Understanding is executed.  This pertains to mitigation strategies for Grand Rounds eg landscaping, retaining walls, shoreline treatments, etc.

 

Downtown Kenwood Parking Issue – Jeanette Colby

  • Parking continues to be an issue where patrons are parking too close to the alley, blocking driveways, too close to stop signs, etc
  • KIAA will continue to explore signing solutions – parking is allowed at the Kenwood School when school is not in session.

 

 

East Cedar Lake Beach Committee (ECLB) Report – Matt Spies

  • Increasing neighborhood programming at the beach remains a KIAA focus.  It is part of the overall strategy to reduce crime and improve public safety.
  • Matt reported that 35 kids came to the Play Space “pop up playground” and the strategy was successful.  The board approved a $25 increase to the funding to cover extra expenses.

 

Neighborhood Priority Plan and Budget – Jeanette Colby, Matt Spies

  • Jeanette reiterated the need to work on the Priority Plan Strategy, which will include a neighborhood engagement survey to identify the priorities for KIAA spending.  Mike Bono, Matt, and Mark Brown will work on the subcommittee.  The CPP application is due November 10.
  • The Finance Committee will identify the threshold amount to have in savings to ensure there is sufficient cash flow while more readily identifying opportunities to spend improvement funds to benefit Kenwood.  The board’s intent is to ensure available funds are spent for the betterment of Kenwood.
  • The 2016 Minneapolis Housing Resource Guide is published.  This is a resource for associations and homeowners.  www.minneapolismn.gov.
  • A motion was approved to reimburse Deb Gilroy for $100 for the expenses related to placing a bench for former board member Jim Gilroy.

New Business/Action Taken Between Meetings – All

 

The meeting was adjourned by Chair Jeanette Colby at 8:50 p.m.

 

Updates: If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at kiaa55405@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more. If you are interested in participating on the Board, please contact us. 

 

Monthly meetings are held on the first calendar Monday of each month unless otherwise noted.  KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service, and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting us at kenwoodminneapolis.org

 

  

July 2016 KIAA Meeting Minutes

By Shawn Smith

 KIAA Board met July 11th, 2016 at the Kenwood Rec Center

 Chair Jeanette Colby called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

 Directors present:  Chair Jeanette Colby, Vice Chair Larry Moran, Treasurer Matt Spies, Jack Levi, Angie Erdrich, Mike Bono, Mark Brown, Shawn Smith (Recording Secretary).  Absent:  Josine Peters.  Also present CM Lisa Goodman, Chief Jason Ohotto and two of his officers, Jean Deatrick, and three neighbors.

Opening Activities

 Angie moved for approval of the agenda and it was approved unanimously.

 

City Council Update – Lisa Goodman

  • No lunch with Lisa in July or August.  Please be sure to sign up for Lisa’s email list to get updates on construction, traffic, and event updates.
  • Hennepin/Lyndale reconstruction continues.  The Hennepin/Vineland intersection will have major work done in July/August.  The overall project is on schedule for completion by November.
  • The variance at 2000 W 21st St was approved.
  • Early voting is open for the 2016 primary.  Election judges are needed this year.  Please call Lisa’s office to sign up to be a judge.  A mix of party affiliations is needed.
  • National Night out is August 2nd.  After July 19th, there is a fee to block off the street.
  • Jeanette expressed KIAA’s appreciation for the quality of the City of Minneapolis’s response to the FEIS, documenting the history and the issues within the project.

 

East Cedar Lake Beach Update – Chief Jason Ohotto

  • Police reports written on park property at the beach declined from 48 to 31.  This is the second summer where there was a significant reduction in reports.  Chief Ohotto attributed the success to the positive programming and activities at the beach, as well as the increased park police patrols, some funded by KIAA.
  • Chief Ohotto recommended that neighbors that want to support safety efforts should call in issues to 911, and provide detailed, specific information, name and callback number.  Err on the side of calling 911 vs not calling when you see a negative impact to public safety.

 

East Cedar Lake Beach Committee (ECLB) Report – Matt Spies

  • Mark Brown reported that the June 20th potluck at the beach was a great success with strong turnout.  The kids activities (face painting, spray chalk, cookies) were popular.
  • Matt presented ideas for longer term strategies, including boat racks, playground equipment.  Park and Rec Board financial support and fundraising will be needed.  A Community Action Committee will be formed.
  • Matt proposed an August Pop Up Adventure Playground as a new activity to pilot.  A motion passed to fund this event with up to $800 of NRP funds.  Engagement with the Kenwood School and neighboring association were identified as opportunities to increase participation.  Jeanette recognized Angie for getting the Kenwood School engaged in using the beach for educational opportunities.
  • Jeanette proposed the idea of hosting a food or beverage cart at the beach on behalf of the neighborhood.  A motion passed for up to $200 to be spent from NRP funds for a KIAA/ECLB Patron Appreciation Day.

 

Southwest Light Rail Transit Project – Jeanette Colby, Shawn Smith

  • Shawn reported on the June 13th FEIS public presentation by the Southwest Project Office.  Approximately 20 neighbors attended from Kenwood, CIDNA, and Loring Park.  On a positive note, the presentation summarized the 17,000 page FEIS effectively.  Unfortunately it was not tailored to the concerns of the Minneapolis segment of the corridor.  There continues to be a high level of concern over the ability of the tunnel to be built near Calhoun Shores Townhomes and the Kenilworth “pinch point.”
  • Jeanette reported that the June 28th CAC meeting was cancelled, a consistent issue with many of the other CAC meetings which have also been cancelled in the past couple of years.

 

Downtown Kenwood Parking Issue – Jeanette Colby

  • Jeanette communicated with the general manager of the Kenwood Restaurant to ask that employees park on Penn Avenue, and to help address the issue of patrons parking too close to alleys and driveways, and the issue of delivery truck restricting neighbor access to the alley.
  • Angie confirmed that parking for Downtown Kenwood businesses is permitted at the Kenwood School when school is not in session.  A “sandwich” board idea was proposed at a cost of $200 or for city signing or to paint the curb yellow to inform where and where not to park.  Noted for follow up between meetings.

 

Neighborhood Priority Plan and Budget – Mike Bono, Matt Spies

  • Mike and Matt outlined the plan to develop the 3 year plan as well as budgeting for the upcoming year.  It will include a neighborhood engagement survey to identify the priorities for KIAA spending.
  • The Finance Committee will identify the threshold amount to have in savings to ensure there is sufficient cash flow while more readily identifying opportunities to spend improvement funds to benefit Kenwood.  The board’s intent is to ensure available funds are spent for the betterment of Kenwood, while also ensuring that current funding priorities can be maintained should funds be cut in the future.
  • New neighbor introduction:  Mikki Johnston and family
  • Jeanette will attend a Whittier Alliance Meeting on July 19th to understand the goals and strategies of that group.
  • Angie will follow up with Creative Citymaking regarding a video project opportunity, with a possible focus on ECLB.  KIAA would need to make a proposal to secure participation in the project, which is a competitive process.

New Business/Action Taken Between Meetings – All

 

The meeting was adjourned by Chair Jeanette Colby at 8:50 p.m.

 

Updates: If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at kiaa55405@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more. If you are interested in participating on the Board, please contact us. 

 

Monthly meetings are held on the first calendar Monday of each month unless otherwise noted.  KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service, and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting us at kenwoodminneapolis.org

 

 June 2016 KIAA Meeting Minutes

KIAA Board met June 6th, 2016 at Kenwood Rec Center

 Chair Jeanette Colby called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

 Directors present:  Chair Jeanette Colby, Vice Chair Larry Moran, Treasurer Matt Spies, Angie Erdrich, Mike Bono, Mark Brown, Shawn Smith (Recording Secretary).  Absent:  Josine Peters, Jack Levi.  Also present CM Lisa Goodman, Jean Deatrick, Amanda Vallone, Jody Strakosch, Mark Holtey and two neighbors.

 

Opening Activities

  • Angie moved for approval of the agenda and it was approved unanimously.
  • Board members conducted a brief introduction to begin the 2016-2017 term.

 

City Council Update – Lisa Goodman

  • Lunch with Lisa is complete for the season.  There will be a “Lunch with Lisa Field trip on Wednesday, June 29th, touring Givens Violins, which is a renowned repair business for cellos and violins.  If interested, please call Lisa’s office to book one of the two tours for that day.
  • Hennepin/Lyndale reconstruction continues and has entered the paving phase.  Please contact Lisa’s office to be placed on an email list to receive weekly construction updates affecting the Twin Cities.
  • Sidewalk repair has come to Kenwood this year, part of a 10 year cycle.  White dots mark the sections that will be replaced.  Homeowners will be assessed $250-$400 per square for the repair.  Call 311 to discuss whether sections need to be replaced, or if they do not need to be replaced.  Please direct questions regarding how unique situations, such as tree root heaves, to 311.  All affected homeowners should have received a letter from the city; please refer to it for FAQs.

 

Election of Officers

  • Jeanette volunteered to remain Chair; Larry volunteered to remain Vice Chair; Matt Spies volunteered to become Treasurer; and Shawn volunteered to remain Secretary.  Unanimously approved.
  • Matt asked for resolution to relocate the KIAA bank accounts to US Bank.  Jeanette moved in favor, passed unanimously.  Matt asked for an additional resolution to transfer, check writing authority, opening accounts, deposits, and withdraw funds; from Ed Pluimer to himself.  Jeanette to be the second signatory.  Shawn moved, passed unanimously.
  • Jeanette once again recognized Ed Pluimer for his years of service.

 

Memorial Bench for Jim Gilroy – Angie Erdrich

  • Angie reported that $1550 has been donated to the Estate of Jim Gilroy for the purposes of a memorial bench on Lake of the Isles, near 21st St..  Jean Deatrick will send an e-blast as a reminder for any other residents that would like to contribute.
  • Angie moved that KIAA donate $300 towards the memorial bench to recognize Jim as a sitting board member at his death.  Funds will come from KIAA Money Market Account.  Approved unanimously.  As funds are in the account about to be closed, motion was approved to allow Ed Pluimer to write the check.

 

Financial Report – Matt Spies

  • Matt is preparing a 2016-2017 balance sheet to ensure income and expenditures are clearly documented.  Mark, Larry, Matt, and Mike will form a finance subcommittee to inform a finance update at KIAA July meeting.  Motion approved to establish said committee.

 

East Cedar Lake Beach Update – Matt Spies/Amanda Vallone

  • Amanda (from ARTrageous) shared that the Summer Solstice Party will be held at ECLB on June 20th from 6:30-8:30.  This will be a potluck event.  ARTrageous will provide henna, face painting, and a Creation Station for families.  The event will be cancelled in case of rain.  The event is open to all.
  • Matt presented a new proposal for a Pop Up Adventure Playground series.  Matt agreed to go renegotiate lower costs in order to run a pilot, vs investing in 3 events this year.
  • Activities including a Summer Solstice Potluck, Pirate/Mermaid Beach Party were identified for funding for $800.  A discussion was had regarding source of funds and how much to spend.  The board approved the expenditure unanimously.
  • Amanda and Matt were approved to work together to spend up to $400 to place an ad in Hill and Lake Press to announce summer activities at ECLB.

 

Southwest Light Rail Transit Project – Jody Strakosch, Shawn Smith

  • Jody represents KIAA on the Community Advisory Committee.  The CAC met in May.  Jennifer Munt stated that the Met Council would find funding to move ahead with SWLRT. The FEIS was reviewed; Nani Jacobsen recognized Kenwood for providing feedback that drove changes from the SDEIS to the FEIS.  Further, station art was approved for the West 21st St Station, which is what the Kenwood station will be named.  The next meeting will be June 28th.
  • Shawn has coordinated a meeting on June 13th for the Met Council to present the FEIS and take questions from residents.  This meeting was supported by the board.
  • Shawn presented the FEIS draft and will circulate a soft copy to the board and Jody to be reviewed and approved as an action between meetings.  The deadline for submission is June 13th for any comments, and must be done in writing to the Southwest Project Office.

 

New Business/Action Taken Between Meetings – All

  • Parking at the Kenwood Corner continues to be a challenge, with visitors parking too close to the alley and to corners and blocking access.  Jeanette called the city to determine the cost of parking signs.  Action to be taken between meetings.
  • Kenwood Corner Raingarden Signage was approved as an action taken between meetings.  The Raingarden is now installed and the sign provides good information about the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District.  KIAA thanks Angie Erdrich for her work to beautify the corner.
  • Louise Erdrich is taking the space formerly occupied by Stephen Dean for a business to be announced shortly.

 

The meeting was adjourned by Chair Jeanette Colby at 9:10 p.m.

 

Updates: If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at kiaa55405@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more. If you are interested in participating on the Board, please contact us. 

 

The next Kenwood Isles Area Association Board meeting is Monday, July 11th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Kenwood Recreation Center. Monthly meetings are held on the first calendar Monday of each month unless otherwise noted.  KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service, and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting us at kenwoodminneapolis.org

  

May 2016 KIAA 5th Annual Gathering

 For the 5th year, KIAA had its annual meeting on May 2nd at Kenwood Corner, in front of BeArtrageous Studio and The Kenwood Restaurant.

 In attendance were seven KIAA serving board members up for re-election, one new member-elect, City Council Member Lisa Goodman, Hennepin County Commissioner Marion Green, Minneapolis Parks Commissioner Anita Tabb, and approximately 100 neighbors.

 The gathering began at 6PM.  The weather was great and everyone enjoyed Red Wagon Pizza and beverages, compliments of KIAA. BeArtrageous hosted activities for children.

Chair Jeanette Colby called the meeting part of the gathering to order at 6:45PM.  There was a moment of remembrance for Jim Gilroy, KIAA board member who passed away suddenly in April.  Jim will be greatly missed; he was a kind and generous person, dedicated to improving our entire community.  The family has reserved a site for a park bench in his memory on Lake of the Isles.  Friends and neighbors who would like to contribute may do so.  KIAA Board Member Angie Erdrich will facilitate, please make checks payable to Minneapolis Finance Department, Memo “Jim Gilroy Bench” and mail to her at 2217 Oliver Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405.  A receipt will come from Minneapolis Parks, and the Gilroy family will receive a list of donor names.  Please submit donations by June 1st in hopes of installing the bench this summer.

KIAA thanked retiring board member Ed Pluimer.  Ed has generously served on the board for over 20 years, most recently as Treasurer.  Our neighborhood is grateful for his energy and commitment.

Jeanette then stated the purpose of the board and highlighted some of the board’s activities in the past year:  SWLRT work including work such as efforts to mitigate potential adverse effects to the neighborhood (if the project comes to pass), support of Rec Center events including Shakespeare in the Park, Raingardens from Metro Blooms, and positive programming for East Cedar Lake (Hidden) Beach.  The “Welcome Orioles” project – an environmental learning program for Kenwood School, co-sponsored with the Cedar Lake Park Association, received a shout-out from neighbors in attendance.

Jeanette introduced the board members up for re-election in addition to herself:  Jack Levi, Larry Moran, Mike Bono, Angie Erdrich, Josine Peters, Matt Spies (Treasurer Elect), and Shawn Smith.  One new board member, Mark Brown was introduced.  Jeanette made the motion for re-election/election of the 2016-17 board, and the neighbors voted in favor.

The meeting was adjourned at 7PM and the gathering continued so everyone could continue socializing and enjoying more delicious pizza!

KIAA would like to thank neighbors that supported KIAA financially at the gathering and throughout the year.  It helps us fund activities and keep our neighborhood strong!

Other updates, action between meetings:

The 2015 KIAA Annual Report was approved by the board on April 28th.  The Annual Report is required by the City of Minneapolis Community Participation Program.  The report was prepared by Mike Bono with input from KIAA board members, and submitted by the 4/29 deadline.

Matt and Julia Spies’s are requesting a variance for a remodel on their home.  As the Spies proactively partnered with their neighbors, KIAA supports their variance.  The variance will be reviewed at the Board of Adjustment meeting on June 9th.

There will be a Kenwood Neighborhood Rummage Festival of June 10-12th.  Please join your neighbors and plan a rummage sale during those dates!  If you are not able to have your own rummage sale, please consider donating to the Kenwood Elementary School Benefit Rummage Sale at the Kenwood Rec Center.   The rummage runs June 11 from 9-2PM. Donations can be dropped off at the Kenwood Recreation Center on June 10th from 4-6PM.  100% of proceeds benefit the Kenwood School.  Volunteers are needed to price goods, manage the sale, and haul goods to charity at 2PM on the 11th.  Contact Angie Erdrich to volunteer:  angie_sandeep@yahoo.com.

Updates: KIAA board membership is a great way to get informed and engaged in issues affecting our neighborhood.  If you are interested in joining the board, we are seeking new members so please contact us.  If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at kiaa55405@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more about the association.

 The next Kenwood Isles Area Association Board meeting is Monday, June 1st from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Kenwood Recreation Center. Monthly meetings are held on the first calendar Monday of each month unless otherwise noted.  KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting us at kenwoodminneapolis.org

 

 

April 2016 KIAA Meeting Minutes

 KIAA Board met April 4th, 2016 at Kenwood Rec Center

Vice Chair Larry Moran called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Directors present:  Vice Chair Larry Moran, Treasurer Ed Pluimer, Matt Spies (Minutes), Angie Erdrich, Mike Bono, Jack Levi.  Absent:  Chair Jeanette Colby, Shawn Smith, Josine Peters, Jim Gilroy.  Also present:  Lisa Goodman, Jean Deatrick

Unanimous Approval of the Agenda

City Council Update –  Lisa Goodman

  • Upcoming Lunch with Lisas:
    • April 27  – Discussion with Made Here, the creative place-making initiative to fill empty downtown storefronts
    • May – Bill Leaf will talk about tourism master planning
    • June  – Field trip to Claire Givens Violin, premier violin reconstruction/repair; 40 people may attending in two groups of 20.  Contact Lisa’s office if you would like to attend.
    • Street sweeping starting April 13 running through May 9
    • Yard waste pickup will begin in Kenwood on April 11
    • Lisa highlighted the state of the Hennepin/Lyndale Reconstruction Project road closures
    • On April 21, Board of Adjustment will be hearing variance for property at 2401 Sheridan Ave.  Adjacent residents will receive a notice in the mail by April 10th.
    • Lisa provided an overview of her and Council Member Barb Johnsons plan for the city to work with the Park Board to provide funding for neighborhood parks
    • The Annual Gathering will be Monday May 2nd at Kenwood Corner.  All neighbors are invited to attend.  The meeting will include a brief meeting:  the election of the KIAA Board and a recap of association activities for the year.  This has been a fun annual event in the past couple of years, so please plan to come out and meet your board and connect with neighbors.
    • The meeting will be announced via Hill and Lakes, the Spring Newsletter, and Next Door.
    • As an action taken between meetings, the board approved the hiring of Red Wagon Pizza, and will be paid for by KIAA funds estimated at $1890.

Annual Gathering – All

2016/2017 Budgeting

  • The board discussed the merits and limitations of creating a budget for the 2016/2017 operating year.   The primary concern and is the complexity of the requirements for using various funds.
  • Matt Spies will coordinate an assembly of board members to explore ways to implement a framework for spending and raising KIAA funds.
  • Park Board has indicated that they do not have capacity for an additional movie in the park for summer 2016.
  • An Oriole feeding station will be installed in Cedar Lake Park between May 3 – May 17 by Kenwood Elementary School students.  The project is sponsored by Birchbark Books.  Bird watching volunteers are needed.  Contact Angie_Sandeep@yahoo.com

New Business – All

 

NOTE: The following information was approved to be added to the minutes by a motion taken after the meeting.

 

Southwest Light Rail Transit – Shawn Smith (update provided in abstentia)

  • Since the March KIAA meeting, letters opposing the current SWLRT Kenilworth Plan were sent to Governor Dayton, Lt Governor Smith.  An aide in Governor Dayton’s office responded and assisted in getting a response from Adam Duininck, Chair, Metropolitan Council.  The letter thanked KIAA for our participation in the process and informed the following points:
    • The Final EIS will be published in 2nd Quarter of 2016, and no other responses will be forthcoming until then.  In the EIS will be the answers to KIAAs (and others) DEIS and SDEIS responses.
    • There will be a ten day public comment period
    • There will be no process for resolution of further concerns as this is not a part of the process of the National Environmental Protection Act process.
    • Shawn expressed to the aide in Governor Dayton’s office that securing a form response from Mr Duininck was secondary to our concerns.  He asked for Governor Dayton to confirm that he was aware of and supports or does not support the following:
      • That a derailment collision between an ethanol train and light rail train will be a significant danger to the community and Target Field.
      • That other less expensive and more flexible options for transit exist, including bus rapid transit
      • That the Chain of Lakes could be degraded due to pile driving
      • The Met Council is a defendant in a lawsuit over failure to disclose discussions of other routes
      • That ridership of an Uptown line would well exceed the current alignment
      • That projected ridership figures at 21st St Station are not credible
      • That there will be 22 hours of contiguous noise every five minutes in one of the quietest areas in Minneapolis
      • That not one low income neighborhood will be within reasonable walking distance of any Minneapolis station.
      • We asked for an appointment with the Governor.  There was no response.  Shawn waited ten days and said that because the Governor failed to respond, we would need to inform our constituents that our elected officials and the Governor are aware of the above controversies and find them to be acceptable.

 

The meeting was adjourned by Vice Chair Larry Moran at 8:36 p.m.

 

Updates: If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at kiaa55405@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more. If you are interested in participating on the Board, please contact us. 

 

The next Kenwood Isles Area Association Board meeting is our Annual Neighborhood Gathering on Monday, May 2nd at 6 p.m. at the Kenwood Corner in front of The Kenwood and BeArtrageous. Monthly meetings are held on the first calendar Monday of each month unless otherwise noted.  KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service, and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting us at kenwoodminneapolis.org  

 

 March 2016 KIAA Meeting Minutes

 KIAA Board met March 7th, 2016 at Kenwood Rec Center

 Chair Jeanette Colby called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

 Directors present:  Chair Jeanette Colby, Vice Chair Larry Moran, Treasurer Ed Pluimer, Matt Spies, Angie Erdrich, Mike Bono, Josine Peters, Shawn Smith (Recording Secretary).  Absent:  Jim Gilroy, Jack Levi.  Also present Patrick Sadler, Pat Scott, Phil Nordberg, Laureen Carlson, Will Stensrud

March Agenda was Approved Unanimously

 

City Council Update – Patrick Sadler, Lisa Goodman’s Office

  • The Community Planning and Economic Development plan for both Ward 7 and the city were provided.  Any residents that would like a copy can contact Lisa’s office or go to the City Website.
  • Lunch with Lisa will be Noon, March 30th at St Thomas Opus Hall; the topic is Sister Cities of Minneapolis.
  • Utility work continues on the Hennepin/Lyndale reconstruction.  Please contact Lisa’s office to receive email updates on construction closures.
  • The Workplace Partnership Meetings proceed to review sick time and paid time off policy.  A final recommendation is due March 16.
  • There are openings on multiple boards and commissions in Minneapolis.  Any interested residents can apply via the city website.
  • The Community Connection Conference is Saturday April 2nd at the Minneapolis Convention Center to kick off 3 Year Planning for Minneapolis 2040.  The public is invited.  Jeanette suggested that Lisa’s office post information to Next Door to ensure the 7th Ward is represented if nobody from KIAA is able to attend.
  • Reduced pricing is being offered for rain barrels and compost bins.  www.recycleminnesota.org. The city will also have a limited number of trees available to residents for $25.  You can order a tree for your property beginning March 21, see www.treetrust.org.

 

Request for Support of Variance for Accessory Dwelling, 2401 Sheridan Ave S – Phil Nordberg and Laureen Carlson

  • Phil and Laureen requested variance support from KIAA to be able to add a bathroom and categorize their garage as an ADU.  The overall footprint will not change.
  • KIAA is generally supportive.  The petitioners have not spoken to each neighbor but will be sending out notices to all neighbors within 300 feet.  Jeanette motioned to support the variances, contingent that neighbors are all informed and have no objections.  Motion passed unanimously.

 

East Cedar Lake Beach Committee Update – Matt Spies

  • Matt is in the process of confirming the open swim, pop up playground, and other activities for Summer 2016.  Event schedules will be published in Hill and Lakes Press.
  • Jeanette signed the agreement for extra police patrols.  With the warm weather, Matt is working with Park Police to start patrols.
  • Activities are being coordinated with Kenwood School, including bird watching.  Volunteers are needed to lead school hikes in April and May, please contact Angie Erdrich at angie_sandeep@yahoo.com

 

Southwest Light Rail Transit – Shawn Smith

  • Shawn shared that since the last meeting, letters were sent to the FTA, Senator Klobuchar, Senator Franken, and Rep Ellison as KIAA continues to escalate neighborhood concerns over this project.
  • A letter was also sent to Governor Dayton and Lt Governor Smith, with copies of the letters sent to the State and Federal officials asking for his support in getting a meaningful response to neighborhood concerns, which are centered on the risks and ripple effects of co-location of SWLRT and ethanol trains.  His office responded with questions, and KIAA is preparing a communication to send back.
  • Jeanette will invite Sophia Ginis from the Met Council to our April meeting since she did not respond to our March meeting invitation.
  • There was a discussion that despite our concerns, planning moves ahead unabated.  All are encouraged to contact their elected officials if they have concerns over co-location, noise, vibration, cost, etc
  • KIAA has been actively communicating neighborhood concerns to local, state, and federal officials.  Due to an overall lack of responsiveness to those, the board approved a motion to send communication to President Obama, which will represent the highest level of escalation, and likely final, that the board will take.

 

Annual Meeting – All

  • The Annual Meeting will be Monday May 2nd at Kenwood Corner.  All neighbors are invited to attend.  The meeting will include the election of the KIAA Board and a recap of association financials.  This has been a fun annual event in the past couple of years, so please plan to come out and meet your board and connect with neighbors.
  • The meeting will be announced via Hill and Lake Press, the Spring Newsletter, and Next Door.
  • Angie, Josine, and Matt are researching options for food to reduce costs from last year.

 

Board Succession Planning – All

·         With Ed stepping down, KIAA will need to fill the Treasurer role starting May 2016.

·         KIAA is actively seeking new board members.  We need neighbors that are willing to volunteer 3-4 hours per month either as a board member or support a subcommittee.  There are several board members that have served for a decade or more and are looking to retire.  We need your help to fill these positions to continue the level of thoroughness being delivered today.

 

New Business – All

  • KIAA is seeking a representative for the Green Zone work being done by the city.

 

The meeting was adjourned by Chair Jeanette Colby at 8:36 p.m.

 

Updates: If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at kiaa55405@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more. If you are interested in participating on the Board, please contact us. 

 

The next Kenwood Isles Area Association Board meeting is Monday, April 4th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Kenwood Recreation Center. Monthly meetings are held on the first calendar Monday of each month unless otherwise noted.  KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service, and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting us at kenwoodminneapolis.org

 

 February 2016 KIAA Meeting Minutes

 KIAA Board met February 1st, 2016 at Kenwood Rec Center

 Chair Jeanette Colby called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

 Directors present:  Chair Jeanette Colby, Vice Chair Larry Moran, Treasurer Ed Pluimer, Jim Gilroy, Matt Spies, Jack Levi, Angie Erdrich, Mike Bono, Shawn Smith (Recording Secretary).  Absent:  Josine Peters.  Also present CM Lisa Goodman, Jean Deatrick, Meg Forney, Amanda Vallone, and Jody Strakosch

 

The Agenda was Approved Unanimously

 

City Council Update – Lisa Goodman

  • Lunch with Lisa will be February 24th.  The topic will be the City Workforce Training and Equity programs on Job Training.
  • 2431 22nd St W ownership has requested a historic review and may be requesting a variance to the board in the near future.  Neighbors are reminded that KIAA is typically notified of variance requests and can help navigate the process.
  • The city prefers that the SWLRT station be called “Cedar Lake Station.”  The Met Council has suggested that 21st St Station is not a clear indicator of the location of the station but has asked for input.  (KIAA hesitates to put forth a suggestion because KIAA does not support co-location of freight and light rail, but if KIAA were to have a preference it would be West 21st St.)

 

Closing the Gap in Our Parks – Meg Forney

  • Meg is looking for volunteers to work for a Citizens Group to get signatures to support a referendum on the ballot for “The Closing of the Gap” for funding of $15M/year for the next 20 years to implement repairs in neighborhood parks.  If residents are interested, please contact Meg or Anita Tabb at the Park Board.  Additional information is available on the Park Board website.

 

East Cedar Lake Beach Funding Recommendation – Chief Ohotto

  • The success at East Cedar Lake Beach to reduce crime was in large part due to the partnership between KIAA and the Park Police.  The recommendation from Chief Ohotto was to spend $5000 for 2016 vs $8000 spent last year.  Police reports were reduced from 101 in 2014 to 56 in 2015.
  • The board voted unanimously to spend $5000 for additional police patrols at ECLB in 2016 and be active early in the season.

 

Financial Report – Ed Pluimer

  • Ed shared that two disbursements were made in January relating to SWLRT planning and the Metro Blooms project.

 

Thrill Kenwood – Amanda Vallone

  • This event raised $400 for The Bridge for Youth.
  • The 1st annual Rock Kenwood Dance Party will be held at the Rec Center on Saturday February 27th from 3-6PM.  There will be a DJ, contests, crafting, and more.

 

East Cedar Lake Beach Committee (ECLB)– Matt Spies

·         Matt recapped the recent committee meeting and the programming ideas for 2016.

  • Log rolling and Open Swim are planned to continue in 2016.
  • New ideas include puppet shows, art activities, potlucks, and more.
  • KIAA is considering putting forth up to $2000 of additional funding for activities, and discussed how to engage neighbors that might be interested in donating funds to support the activities.

 

Southwest Light Rail Transit Project – Jody Strakosch, Shawn Smith

  • Jody represents KIAA on the Community Advisory Committee.  Jody reported that the November and December meetings were cancelled by the Met Council.  In the January meeting, progress updates were shared by the project office.  Final environmental impact statement is due in April.  Civil construction will begin fall of 2016.  There will be 29 private properties impacted by construction in Minneapolis, primarily adjacent to the Kenilworth Corridor.
  • Shawn reported that some responses were received from correspondence to Minnesota Senators and Representatives on the Transportation Committees.  Some responded to take KIAA response under advisement, and some spoke in favor of KIAA’s position opposing co-location.
  • Shawn brought a motion to continue to present KIAA’s position opposing co-location to FTA officials in the Chicago office that are working with the Met Council on the alignment.  The board unanimously approved to send a letter.  Shawn will circulate it as an action between meetings for board review and final approval.

 

New Business – All

  • Jeanette is working to identify a point of contact for the Restorative Justice Program, who would coordinate community service work for the people in the program.
  • KIAA recognizes Stephen Dean and his long standing contributions to the neighborhood. Kathie Constantine shared that his tailoring business in Downtown Kenwood is expected to close at the end of March.  He kept the neighborhood looking good with the many fine seams, hems, and alterations he provided over his 40 years in business, and we wish him well in retirement.

 

The meeting was adjourned by Chair Jeanette Colby at 8:46 p.m.

 

Updates: If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at kiaa55405@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more. If you are interested in participating on the Board, please contact us. 

 

The next Kenwood Isles Area Association Board meeting is Monday, March 7th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Kenwood Recreation Center. Monthly meetings are held on the first calendar Monday of each month unless otherwise noted.  KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service, and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting us at kenwoodminneapolis.org

 

 January 2016 KIAA Meeting Minutes

 KIAA Board met January 4th, 2016 at Kenwood Rec Center

 Chair Jeanette Colby called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

 Directors present:  Chair Jeanette Colby, Vice Chair Larry Moran, Treasurer Ed Pluimer, Jim Gilroy, Matt Spies, Jack Levi, Josine Peters, Shawn Smith (Recording Secretary).  Absent:  Angie Erdrich, Mike Bono.  Also present CM Lisa Goodman, Jean Deatrick

The Agenda was Approved Unanimously

City Council Update Lisa Goodman

 

  • A body was found frozen in the ice in the channel between Lake Calhoun and Lake of the Isles on January 4th.  It is not known to be a crime related situation and there is no danger to the public.  Residents are encouraged to demonstrate caution before proceeding to go out on the ice, especially areas that are not designated for winter recreational use.
  • Lunch with Lisa is on Wednesday January 27th, the topic is a preview of the 2016 state legislative session. Senator Dibble among other elected officials are expected to attend.  Please contact Lisa’s office if you plan to attend.
  • Hennepin/Lyndale utility work continues.  Sewer work will be necessary on Vineland Place near the Walker and Sculpture Garden.  Construction updates and road closures are available via Lisa’s office in her email updates.
  • Residents are advised that there needs to be a minimum 5 foot clearance on either side of alleys and driveways.  Neighbors are having difficulties accessing driveways and alleys when visitors or residents are parked within 5 feet of one.  This has been a challenge particularly at Kenwood Corner.  If access is blocked, neighbors can call 311 for assistance.

 

Financial Report – Ed Pluimer

  • Ed updated KIAA that the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District paid KIAA for the 15 neighborhood Raingarden projects.  KIAA will in turn pay MetroBlooms with these funds, as well as the KIAA share of $1134, approved at the December Meeting.

 

Noise Issues

  • Local businesses are advised to ensure that their garbage and recycling services are observing local noise ordinances.  Garbage and recycling are not to be picked up prior to 6AM.  We love our local businesses.  Neighbors observing violations are encouraged to speak to the business owner first, and if unresolved then take a photo of the truck and email KIAA or Lisa Goodman’s office and we will contact the refuse service.

 

East Cedar Lake Beach (ECLB)– Matt Spies

·         Matt updated KIAA that the next ECLB Committee Meeting will take place on Tuesday Jan 26th at 7PM at the Kenwood Community Center.  All are welcome.

·         Matt will invite Park Police Chief Ohotto to the February meeting to start the dialogue on the strategy for the summer of 2016.

 

Southwest Light Rail Transit Project – Jeanette Colby, Shawn Smith

  • Jeanette reported that the SWLRT environmental impact statement will not consider impacts of freight rail changes in the Kenilworth Corridor funded by the project, according to a recent email from the Southwest Project Office.  These changes include moving the rail much closer to homes, upgrading the tracks, building a bridge across the Kenilworth Canal, and removing many trees and green spaces.  Further, although the SWLRT project will spend tens of millions of dollars to “co-locate” freight and light rail, the Met Council says it “is not making freight rail permanent” in the Kenilworth Corridor.  KIAA is concerned that the upgraded freight rail infrastructure could encourage more trains at higher speeds, and create additional noise and safety concerns.  KIAA believes the SDEIS is flawed because it does not treat freight as a permanent condition, and therefore adverse impacts are understated.
  • Jeanette attended the section 106 meeting on December 3rd.  Section 106 protects historic properties impacted by federally funded projects.  The Kenilworth Channel is protected by section 106.  With input by Michael Schroeder of the MPRB, a bridge design has been agreed upon and the historic WPA retaining walls on the east side of the proposed bridge are now under consideration.  A memorandum of understanding will be developed in the coming months, and KIAA will decide whether or not to sign it when the time comes.
  • Shawn, on behalf of KIAA, contacted each member of the Minnesota Senate and House Transportation Committees to surface the board’s continued concerns with co-location.  KIAA asked that the $135M of the state portion of the funding be put on hold.  This is to be voted on in the upcoming legislative session.  KIAA maintains that in a time of increased concern over rail safety, co-location of light rail and ethanol trains will pose a continual and sustained danger to the Kenwood neighborhood should there be a derailment. and we remain opposed to co-location.  The Minneapolis City Council, knowing of this risk, has nonetheless approved co-location, so KIAA is appealing to the state level.
  • County Commissioner Marion Greene is planning a public meeting on Wednesday, February 3rd.  KIAA will post time and place to NextDoor Kenwood.

 

New Business – All

·         Angie Erdrich will post in Next Door Kenwood a notice to invite neighbors to determine interest for the MetroBlooms Raingarden program for 2016

  • Lake of the Isles Skating Party is Sunday, January 24th.

 

The meeting was adjourned by Chair Jeanette Colby at 8:38 p.m.

 

Updates: If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at kiaa55405@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more. If you are interested in participating on the Board, please contact us. 

 

The next Kenwood Isles Area Association Board meeting is Monday, February 1st from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Kenwood Recreation Center. Monthly meetings are held on the first calendar Monday of each month unless otherwise noted.  KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service, and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting us at kenwoodminneapolis.org

 

December 2015 KIAA Meeting Minutes

 KIAA Board met December 7th, 2015 at Kenwood Rec Center

 Chair Jeanette Colby called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

 Directors present:  Jeanette Colby, Matt Spies, Angie Erdrich, Larry Moran, Ed Pluimer, Mike Bono, Shawn Smith (minute taker).  Absent:  Jim Gilroy, Jack Levi, Josine Peters  Also Present CM Lisa Goodman, Jean Deatrick

Agenda was approved unanimously

Action Taken Since November Meeting

  • Jeanette Colby composed a letter to the SWLRT Corridor Management Committee articulating KIAA concerns that the SDEIS had shortcomings.  These arise from Met Council’s decision to treat freight rail as an “existing condition.” However, the SWLRT proposes creating permanent freight rail infrastructure where only temporary rail exists, and SDEIS failed to properly consider the safety, environmental, vibration, noise, and economic impact of that decision with freight rail as an existing condition.  In the December meeting, KIAA members voted in favor of sending the letter prior to the CMC.

 

City Council Update – Lisa Goodman

  • December 9th is the final opportunity for residents to testify at the City Council meeting regarding the 2016 budget and taxes.  Lisa encourages residents to appear in person or email their city representatives to provide testimony and input on how residential tax revenue is generated and spent.  This meeting will be in the past by the time these minutes are published, however residents are notified well in advance of the annual hearing in their Truth in Taxation statements for future tax years.
  • Lunch with Lisa will resume in January.  December 14th marks the annual December Later with Lisa event at the Normandy Inn.
  • Utility work is continuing on the Hennepin/Lyndale reconstruction.  Infrastructure has deteriorated further than expected and the project is approximately 6 weeks behind.
  • Lisa confirmed that a variance at 2432 Sheridan Ave S was approved by the city.  This was endorsed by KIAA at the November meeting.  KIAA will seek input as broadly as possible for future requests

 

Financial Report – Ed Pluimer

  • Ed provided prior the meeting a recap of monies received from KIAA members as well as November transactions (expenditures), and these were discussed in the meeting.
  • The source of the remainder of Rain Garden funding was discussed.  Jeanette moved to use money from the NRP neighborhood livability Phase II fund.  Passed unanimously.  Mike Bono agreed to ensure that all city requirements were met to utilize that fund.

 

Resolution regarding Jean Deatrick’s contract – Ed Pluimer, Mike Bono

  • Jean’s contract is set to expire at the end of the year.  Jean supports KIAA with communication, publication of the minutes, announcements, reimbursements, and other administrative activities.  Mike moved to extend her contract under the same terms until December 31st 2016.  Ed seconded the motion.  Passed unanimously.

 

East Cedar Lake Beach (ECLB)– Matt Spies

·         Matt is reaching out to the Park Board to align on proposed activities for summer 2016.  KIAA continues to work on ensuring ECLB will be able to be used safely by all residents.  There will be a public meeting in January to discuss 2016 strategies, date/time/place to be posted on Nextdoor Kenwood.

  • KIAA increased funding in 2015 to support existing funding from the Park Board et al, and research will be done to understand how much funding will be in place from other sources prior to a KIAA funding commitment for 2016.

 

Southwest Light Rail Transit Project – Jeanette Colby, Shawn Smith

  • Discussion continued from the November meeting regarding engaging state and federal officials over ongoing concerns for rail safety as well as other unaddressed concerns.  KIAA will contact state level transportation bill conferees to raise the concerns before end of year, and then again as State Legislators go back into session in February.  KIAA will also contact Federal Transit officials in advance of final funding of the line to ensure that federal officials are aware of local concerns with regard to safety, environmental, noise, vibration, and economic adverse effects not sufficiently addressed in the SDEIS.

 

New Business – All

·         Metro Blooms is asking if KIAA would be interested in partnering on Rain Gardens again in 2016.  Angie will inform them of KIAA interest, pending gauging neighborhood interest.

 

The meeting was adjourned by Chair Jeanette Colby at 8:33 p.m.

 

Updates: If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at kiaa55405@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more. If you are interested in participating on the Board, please contact us. 

 

The next Kenwood Isles Area Association Board meeting is Monday, January 4th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Kenwood Recreation Center. Monthly meetings are held on the first calendar Monday of each month unless otherwise noted.  KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service, and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting us at kenwoodminneapolis.org

 

 

 

 

November 2015 KIAA Meeting Minutes

 KIAA Board met November 2nd, 2015 at Kenwood Rec Center

 Chair Jeanette Colby called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m.

 Directors present:  Jeanette Colby, Matt Spies, Angie Erdrich, Jim Gilroy, Ed Pluimer, Jack Levi, Shawn Smith (minute taker).  Absent:  Larry Moran, Mike Bono, Josine Peters

 

Action Taken Since October Meeting

  • KIAA sent a response to the SWLRT project office regarding SWLRT Section 106 meeting Sept 23rd, as it relates to concerns over the traffic study.  There is a discrepancy in the ridership numbers vs SDEIS.

 

Variance Request for Peterson Residence, 2432 Sheridan Ave S

  • Request made in person by owners to enlarge the structure, extending a less than six foot variance along the property line.  A second variance was requested to extend the garage by five feet closer to the street, which is still within the set back.  Angie motioned to support, Matt to second, passed unanimously.

 

Changes to Bylaws, Articles – Ed Pluimer

  • Ed proposed changes to KIAA bylaws to modernize them, having consulted with Robert Cooper of the City of Minneapolis legal department.  For example, serving information via email vs paper mail, yet preserving multi modal communication which would include an annual newsletter or mailings at the discretion of KIAA.  Ed moved that KIAA approve the rewritten bylaws which would then be filed with the state, and stored on KIAA’s website.  Passed unanimously.
  • Ed then moved to change articles of incorporation to update the registered office of KIAA to the Kenwood Rec Center.  Matt seconded, passed unanimously.

 

Rain Gardens – Angie Erdrich

  • Angie moved to pay $1134 for KIAA cost share to Metro Blooms (or up to $1200 in case of minor variance in the final invoice).  The costs increased due to decreased participation due to untenable soil conditions or other issues that were not able to be mitigated.  Motion seconded by Jim, passed unanimously.
  • The raingarden at Kenwood Corner was paid for by the private donations and the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District.  In order to finalize funding, a sign is needed.  The sign will be reviewed as action taken outside the meeting.

 

East Cedar Lake Beach (ECLB)– Matt Spies

·         ECLB committee met in October to debrief the year and start planning for next year.  Residents that have ideas for activities for 2016 are encouraged to contact Matt Spies.  2015 saw a tremendous amount of success and KIAA is excited to build on this success but needs continued neighborhood engagement even if there was an increase in usage via activities and a decrease in criminal activity.

  • Engagement with Anita Tabb and the Minneapolis Park and Rec Board was also discussed as an offline action.

 

Southwest Light Rail Transit Project – Jeanette Colby, Shawn Smith

  • KIAA discussed whether to continue to engage in SWLRT via writing letters to state and federal officials addressing co-location concerns in the Kenilworth Corridor as KIAA was unable to gain support at the city level.  Specifically, to petition state and federal officials to withhold funding due to continuing and increasing concerns over the danger of the co-location of ethanol trains and SWLRT.  Further action to be taken between meetings, but accountability of individual public officials will be the focus, specifically, their knowledge of the risks, and how they plan to vote, is the plan of action via written correspondence.
  • Hennepin County Commissioner Marion Greene has proposed a neighborhood general community update.  Jeanette will encourage CM Greene to have the meeting, KIAA will not formally participate.

 

The meeting was adjourned by Chair Jeanette Colby at 8:43 p.m.

 

Updates: If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at kiaa55405@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more. If you are interested in participating on the Board, please contact us. 

 

The next Kenwood Isles Area Association Board meeting is Monday, December 7th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Kenwood Recreation Center. Monthly meetings are held on the first calendar Monday of each month unless otherwise noted.  KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting us at kenwoodminneapolis.org

 

 October 2015 KIAA Meeting Minutes

 KIAA Board met October 5th, 2015 at Kenwood Rec Center

 Chair Jeanette Colby called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

 Board Members present:  Jeanette Colby, Larry Moran, Mike Bono, Jim Gilroy, Ed Pluimer, Jack Levi, Josine Peters, Shawn Smith (minute taker).  Absent:  Matt Spies, Angie Erdrich.

Others present:  CM Lisa Goodman, Marc Holtey (Kenwood Rec Center), 2 other attendees

 

City Council Update – CM Lisa Goodman

  • The September lunch with Lisa had over 75 attendees to hear about the Nicollet Mall renovation.  At the October Lunch with Lisa Wed Oct 21st, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, State Senator Steve Simon will speak about the Voting Rights Act.  Room 334 of the St Thomas Law School.  All are welcome to attend, please RSVP in advance to Lisa’s office.
  • Fall street sweeping will start on October 20th.  Please watch for parking restrictions.  Social media will be used to communicate dates.
  • Cedar Lake Parkway will be repaved – from 394 to the BNSF bridge.  It will start October 19th, last 6 days, and be a complete closure.
  • There was a discussion regarding variances and tear downs.  Neighbors are encouraged to review variance proposals with KIAA board so the board can be aware of variance requests.

 

Financial Report – Ed Pluimer

  • Ed attended to any previously discussed financial compliance and efficiency concerns.

 

Changes to Bylaws – Ed Pluimer

  • Ed proposed that bylaws be examined and modernized.  For example, the bylaws state that minutes must be maintained in a book.  However, now electronic copies are preferred to minimize paper waste.  Also that 1st class mail is used for communications, and now electronic notice is more economical and more efficient.  There was also a discussion on how to document action (votes) taken outside of meetings.

 

Kenwood Rec Center – Mark Holtey

  • Mark re-requested funding from KIAA for a rechargeable sound system to be used for neighborhood programming, at a cost of $2200.  Motion to fund passed with two abstentions.

 

Hennepin Lake Community Wine Tasting Fundraiser – Jeanette Colby

·         KIAA is selling tickets to the event which is being held on Wed October 28th.  Advance ticket sales benefit KIAA.  Please email Jeanette Colby; email is available on the KIAA website.

 

Southwest Light Rail Transit Project – Jeanette Colby, Shawn Smith

  • It was noted that each member of the City Council, Mayor Hodges, and Peter Wagenius received a copy of the KIAA SDEIS with a request to require more information regarding mitigation, co-location, and construction concerns prior to granting municipal consent.  However, there was no response to KIAA from the Mayor or the Council and all city council members voted the same as prior municipal consent.
  • Hennepin County Commissioner Marion Greene has proposed a neighborhood Q/A meeting for any outstanding questions regarding the SWLRT project.  Jeanette and Shawn will post to Nextdoor Kenwood this opportunity to have a dialogue, to gauge neighborhood interest.
  • Jeanette outlined the finding to the Section 106 Traffic Study.  The finding in the study was that there would not be substantial changes to traffic near historic 106 properties.  The findings of the study appear to be inconsistent with the SDEIS statements regarding how many riders will use the 21st St Station and how riders will access the station.
  • KIAA will draft a letter to state and federal officials highlighting the danger of co-location of ethanol trains and high voltage LRT wires in the Kenilworth Corridor.

 

Announcements/New Business – Jeanette Colby

  • East Cedar Lake Beach Committee continues to meet monthly.  Meetings are posted to Nextdoor Kenwood.
  • Thrill Kenwood is Saturday October 24th, at 3PM.

 

The meeting was adjourned by Chair Jeanette Colby at 8:40 p.m.

 

 

Updates: If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at kiaa55405@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more. If you are interested in participating on the Board, please contact us. 

 

The next Kenwood Isles Area Association Board meeting is Monday, November 2nd from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Kenwood Recreation Center. Monthly meetings are held on the first calendar Monday of each month unless otherwise noted.  KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting us at kenwoodminneapolis.org

 

 

September 2015 KIAA Meeting Minutes

 KIAA Board met September 14th, 2015 at Kenwood Rec Center

 Chair Jeanette Colby called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

 Board Members present:  Jeanette Colby, Larry Moran, Mike Bono, Jim Gilroy, Ed Pluimer, Josine Peters, Angie Erdrich, Shawn Smith (minute taker).

Others present:  Park Police Chief Ohotto, Mark Holtey (Kenwood Rec Center), Jean Deatrich (Hill and Lakes), and 6 other neighbors

 

Opening Business

  • September Agenda was approved.
  • Recognition for Kathy Low for her participation in KIAA and to Larry Moran for Chairing KIAA for the past three years.
  • It was agreed that a November KIAA newsletter will be published and mailed.  Articles will be needed and will need to be sent to Jean Deatrich.
  • Angie Erdrich led a discussion regarding the final cost of the Raingarden Project, which will be finalized at a future date.

 

Bylaw and Finance Update – Ed Pluimer

  • Ed shared that he will put together a list of proposed bylaw changes that were discussed at the July KIAA meeting to be submitted.
  • Ed gave an overview of committed and past spending as a follow up to the account balance update emailed prior to the meeting.  It was determined to maintain one KIAA account going forward, instead of two, and Ed named some follow up tasks that he would tend to in order to ensure KIAA is compliant with the city policy, and it was also determined to maintain a May 31st fiscal year end and coincide with the annual election of the KIAA board.

 

Kenwood Rec Center – Mark Holtey

  • Mark requested funding from KIAA for the replacement of 3 picnic tables and a sound system.  A vote was deferred until ownership of the space where the picnic tables is housed could be confirmed.  Additionally, it was suggested that the Rec Center request funding from the Park Board.

 

East Cedar Lake Beach Update – Park Police Chief Ohotto/Matt Spies

·         Chief Ohotto shared that police reports for ECLB were 69 in 2015 vs 2014 last year.  Most reports were misdemeanors.  He attributes the reduction to Matt Spies and his task force and the community involvement at the beach, as well as concerned residents calling 911 when incidents occurred.  Chief Ohotto recommended continued KIAA-funded hours and activities moving forward.

  • The next Subcommittee Meeting is on October 13th at 7PM, Kenwood Rec Center.  Residents are encouraged to attend.
  • Permit Parking was discussed as a deterrent.  There is a Next Door thread discussing a petition to request it to deter beach attendance.  KIAA in the past has recommended that this is not a viable solution to deter crime, however agreed that the SubCommittee should reevaluate this as a solution to ensure that any recommendation reflects current views.

 

Amanda Vallone – beArtrageous

  • Amanda on behalf of beArtrageous proposed some activities for ECLB for 2016.  Activities would be for residents of all ages:  potlucks, craft parties, coffee and sunset gatherings, etc.  Activities would be funded by CPP or participants.
  • Amanda requested funding from KIAA to fund Thrill Kenwood on October 24th.  The activity is a neighborhood dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” at the corner of Penn and 21st St.   Proceeds go to Bridge for Youth, and emergency Shelter for for 10-17 year old youth.  KIAA approved $800 to fund the event, about 40% of the budget.

 

MPRB Ice Rink Warming Hut – Cliff Swenson/Kathy Spraitz

  • MPRB is considering updating the warming hut (without disruption to the footprint or skating area) at Lake of the Isles and across other rinks in the park system.  MPRB is beginning the process of informing city boards about the redesign, and if the project moves forward there would be a community engagement process in the future.  Goal is to have the project done by Fall 2017.

 

Southwest Light Rail Transit – Jeanette Colby/Shawn Smith/Jody Strakosch

  • Jody updated from the Community Advisory Committee, which met recently and the Project Office is proceeding as if they have full funding.  Jody asked that the key elements of the project be a standing topic on the agenda going forward, including co-location, noise, vibration, etc.  Meetings occur the 4th Thursday of every month.
  • Jeanette offered to contact County Commissioner Marion Greene to see if we would conduct a public hearing to ask questions.
  • KIAA agreed to distribute the SDEIS response to additional public officials.  The purpose is to gain support to get answers to those questions posed in the response, submitted to the Project Office in July 2015, that have yet to be answered.

 

The meeting was adjourned by Chair Jeanette Colby at 8:50 p.m.

 

 

Updates: If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at kiaa55405@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more. If you are interested in participating on the Board, please contact us. 

 

The next Kenwood Isles Area Association Board meeting is Monday, October 5th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Kenwood Recreation Center. Monthly meetings are held on the first calendar Monday of each month unless otherwise noted.  KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting us at kenwoodminneapolis.org

July 2015 KIAA Meeting Minutes

KIAA Board met July 6th, 2015 at Kenwood Rec Center

Chair Jeanette Colby called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Board Members present:  Jeanette Colby, Larry Moran, Jack Levi, Mike Bono, Jim Gilroy, Ed Pluimer, Josine Peters, Angie Erdrich, Shawn Smith (minute taker).

Others present:  Lisa Goodman, Matt Spies (ECLB Subcommittee and KIAA Board Member-Elect), Jean Deatrick, and 2 other neighbors

 

Opening Business

  • Jeanette Colby nominated Matt Spies to the board and his appointment was approved unanimously.

 

City of Minneapolis Update – CM Lisa Goodman

  • The next Lunch with Lisa will be August 26th.  Topic is TBD and Lisa is seeking input on ideas of broad interest to the ward.
  • NextDoor Kenwood will be increasingly used by the city for announcements and crime alerts, so neighbors are encouraged to sign up for the site.
  • There was a general discussion regarding street paving and repair.  Lisa encourages neighbors to call 3-1-1 to report any potholes in need of fill.  Major repaving for roads in need of repair could result in a potentially significant tax assessment for property owners on the street repaired.
  • Because of the buffer zone around parkland, it was emphasized that feral cats are not allowed in much of the Kenwood neighborhood, and should be reported to animal control.

 

Financial Report/Bylaws – Ed Pluimer

  • Year end financial recaps were circulated to KIAA board members prior to the July meeting.  The balance sheet will be attached to the CPP annual report to be sent to the city.  KIAA fiscal year runs from June 1 to May 31 due to the timing of the election of the board in May.
  • KIAA bylaws have not been updated in several years.  Ed offered to chair a subcommittee to review where updates should be made to allow more relevant communication methods, eg allowing electronic communication vs by US Mail.

 

CPP Annual Report – Mike Bono

  • Jeanette moved that the KIAA 2014 CPP Annual report be approved and sent to the city, and the motion was unanimously approved.

 

Dinkytown Historic Commercial Preservation – Jeanette Colby

  • The city is voting July 10th regarding preservation of the Dinkytown business district.  KIAA will circulate the letter from the preservation group should Kenwood residents wish to show support.  KIAA will not file a formal support with the city but voted to send a statement to the City Council in support of the Marcy Holmes Neighborhood Association (Dinkytown) in its adherence to its neighborhood small area plan.  Small area plans are developed with broad community input and may put parameters on developers to preserve neighborhood history and aesthetics.

 

Uptown Neighborhoods Working Group (UNWG) – Josine Peters

  • Per UNWG request, Josine attended the recent meeting of the working group and will provide input into the decisions and discussions related to the Uptown neighborhood.

 

Kenwood Raingardens Project – Angie Erdrich

  • The installations of raingardens in Kenwood continue to have interest in the neighborhood and Angie will continue to provide input and updates to Metro Blooms and KIAA.  20 Residences are approved to be funded by Metro Blooms and KIAA.

 

East Cedar Lake Beach Update – Matt Spies

  • Log Rolling continues to be a popular event – future dates will be announced on NextDoor Kenwood.  Open Water Swimming, sponsored by YWCA, is rolling out this summer.
  • Pledges have been raised for $1350 to fund a pop-up Adventure Park, 3 events to occur this summer.  Matt requested $750 in funding from KIAA to reach the goal of $3000 and for a fund to be established to be administered by KIAA to house the funding as it is collected.  Jeanette so moved and the motion passed unanimously.
  • Crime and Safety – Chief Ohotto provided an update in advance of the meeting that crime is down from prior years.  There are still some incidents that have required police response but of less frequency and severity vs prior summers.  Ed Pluimer reminded the board that $8K was allocated for increased police patrols this summer.  KIAA will continue to evaluate the effectiveness of the expenditure.
  • The next ECLB subcommittee meeting will be July 14th at Kenwood Rec Center and will be published on NextDoor Kenwood.

 

SWLRT Supplementary Draft EIS Response – Shawn Smith

  • The SDEIS response was submitted to the board for review prior to the meeting.  There was a general discussion regarding edits related to construction impacts, property values.  Angie moved to approve the response with amendments, and the motion passed unanimously.  The amendments to increase the focus on the response relating to construction short term impacts (noise, vibration, road damage).  The KIAA response will be submitted to the Met Council, and a response will be requested, by the July 21st deadline.

 

Investing in Neighborhood Parks/Closing the Gap – Josine Peters

  • The Minneapolis Park and Rec Board is conducting neighborhood hearings through late September to discuss the current state of Minneapolis Parks and those in need of repairs that may have been deferred.  Please see the Minneapolis Park and Rec Board for dates on upcoming hearings.  You can also email closingthegap@minneapolisparks.org for information and input.

 

 

The meeting was adjourned by Chair Jeanette Colby at 8:30 p.m.

 

 

Updates: If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at kiaa55405@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more. If you are interested in participating on the Board, please contact us. 

 

The next Kenwood Isles Area Association Board meeting is Monday, August 3rd from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Kenwood Recreation Center. Monthly meetings are held on the first calendar Monday of each month unless otherwise noted.  KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting us at kenwoodminneapolis.org

  

June 2015 KIAA Meeting Minutes

KIAA Board met June 1st, 2015 at Kenwood Rec Center

Chair Larry Moran called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

 

Board Members present:  Larry Moran, Jack Levi, Mike Bono, Jim Gilroy, Ed Pluimer, Josine Peters, Jeanette Colby, Shawn Smith (minute taker).

Others present:  Matt Spies (ECLB Subcommittee) and Jean Deatrich, and 3 other neighbors

 

City Council Update – CM Lisa Goodman

  • There will not be a Lunch with Lisa in June or July.  The next will be August 6th, topic is TBD.
  • Lisa is sending out a weekly downtown event and construction alert including sporting and arts events and street closures.  Future emails will include the reconstruction of Hennepin at Lyndale, Nicollet Mall Reconstruction, etc. Residents can sign up for the weekly Friday email by emailing Lisa’s office.  She is hopeful that the information will help residents and visitors get around town a little easier with all the construction and exciting downtown events.
  • Open Streets events are starting, sponsored by the city and the Bicycle Coalition.  There will be road closures and roads will be open to pedestrians and bikers.  Go to www.openstreetsmpls.com for more information.
  • With the warm weather approaching, residents are advised to keep garages and homes locked when not home.  This will deter crimes of opportunity.  Also, keep valuables out of sight in your car, and keep your car locked even when it is in your garage.  Residents are encouraged to call 911 if you see any suspicious activity.  This will help control crimes of opportunity.
  • The City and the Park Board advise to water trees regularly, and advise against pruning ash trees, which can spread the Emerald Ash borer.

 

East Cedar Lake Beach Update (ECLB, “Hidden Beach”) – Matt Spies

  • Activities are being planned to increase resident usage of the beach.  Activities will mainly be sponsored by a 3rd party, not the Park Board or City.  Matt will submit an article to Hill and Lakes Press with more information in an upcoming issue.
  • The first log roll was held on Saturday May 30th with about 25 attendees.
  • Open Lake Swimming is in the planning stages, similar Lake Nokomis Open Swim.  The intent is to give residents the opportunity to swim in open water for exercise and triathlon training.  Also for trained swimmers that do not have access to a pool.  The open swim events will be managed by the YMCA.
  • Other events are being planned, such as morning meditations, arts events, and more.  Announcements will be shared via the Nextdoor Kenwood website, so please sign up for the site for alerts on upcoming events.
  • Matt is working to see if a sign can be secured to post at the entrance of the beach area announcing the schedule of activities.
  • Matt is doing an amazing job leading the ECLB subcommittee and KIAA appreciates his dedication and effort to bring fun activities to ECLB for everyone.

 

Neighborhood Priority Plan – Kathy Low

  • Kathy Low outlined the revised neighborhood priority plan that was drafted to direct activities and advise the expenditure of Community Participation Program funds.  Changes to the former plan were advised in response to a recent survey of residents and ongoing KIAA priorities.  Kathy did not seek re-election and was handing the work off to the board.
  • Included in the plan is SWLRT work, additional police patrols for ECLB, monthly newsletter, and neighborhood programming activities.
  • The final revised plan will be submitted to the city and put on record in the KIAA archives.

SWLRT Discussion

  • The SDEIS is now published which reflects co-location of Light Rail and Freight Rail.  LRT Done Right is drafting a response to the SDEIS (Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement).  Jeanette Colby proposed that KIAA utilize the LRT Done Right as a foundation to the response for KIAA.  The responses are due by July 6th unless an extension is granted.  KIAA will draft a response representative of views expressed by residents and an evaluation of the SDEIS.  Any resident can review the SDEIS at www.metrocouncil.org.  Residents are encouraged to review environmental findings and mitigation plans and provide input to the Met Council directly.  The City of Minneapolis and Park Board are each planning to submit a response to the SDEIS in addition to those of LRT Done Right and KIAA.
  • KIAA will continue to be involved with the Citizens Advisory Committee.  KIAA did not support co-location of freight and light rail in the Kenilworth Corridor, but will focus the feedback on mitigation that is needed as determined by the board for safety, vibration, noise, light, and economic potential adverse effects on the neighborhood.

 

Election of KIAA Officers

  • Jeanette Colby was elected to Chair of the Board.  Ed Pluimer was re-elected as Treasurer.  Larry Moran was elected Vice Chair, to help oversee that transition of the position of Chair to Jeanette.  Shawn Smith was re-elected to Secretary.  The website will be updated by Jean Deatrich to reflect the officers for the next annual period.  It was noted that new members will be needed to continue the work of the board as some members have served for several terms and new resident participation is needed for succession planning.

 

The meeting was adjourned by Chair Larry Moran at 8:50 p.m.

 

 

Updates: If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at kiaa55405@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more. If you are interested in participating on the Board, please contact us. 

 

The next Kenwood Isles Area Association Board meeting is Monday, July 6th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Kenwood Recreation Center. Monthly meetings are held on the first calendar Monday of each month unless otherwise noted.  KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting us at kenwoodminneapolis.org

 

 

May 2015 KIAA 4th Annual Gathering

KIAA had its 4th annual gathering on May 5th in Downtown Kenwood, in front of BeArtrageous Studio and The Kenwood Restaurant.

In attendance were the KIAA board, Hennepin County Commissioner Marion Greene, MPRB Anita Tabb, Park Police Chief Jason Ohotto, 8 serving board members up for re-election, and approximately 80 neighbors.

The gathering began at 6PM. The weather was great and everyone enjoyed complimentary Red Wagon Pizza and beverages provided by KIAA. Janet Hallaway from The Bridge for Youth was available to answer questions regarding her organization and to take donations. BeArtrageous hosted activities for children.

Chair Larry Moran called the meeting part of the gathering to order at 6:45PM. He stated the purpose of the board and highlighted some of the board’s activities in the past year: SWLRT work including work on the CAC and mitigation of potential adverse effects to the neighborhood, support of Rec Center events including Shakespeare in the Park, Movies in the Park, Kenwood Carnival, and the Skating Party. He also introduced Matt Spies, who leads the subcommittee working to address concerns over East Cedar Lake “Hidden” Beach. Angie Erdrich gave an update on the Raingarden to be constructed at Kenwood Corner in August 2015.

Larry introduced the board members up for re-election in addition to himself: Jack Levi, Mike Bono, Angie Erdrich, Josine Peters, Jeanette Colby, Ed Pluimer, and Shawn Smith. Larry made the motion for re-election, and the neighbors voted in favor.

The meeting was adjourned at 7PM and the gathering continued so everyone could continue socializing and enjoying more delicious pizza!

Updates: KIAA board membership is a great way to get informed and engaged in issues affecting our neighborhood. If you are interested in joining the board, we are seeking new members so please contact us. If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at kiaa55405@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more about the association.

The next Kenwood Isles Area Association Board meeting is Monday, June 1st from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Kenwood Recreation Center. Monthly meetings are held on the first calendar Monday of each month unless otherwise noted. KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting us at kenwoodminneapolis.org

 

April 2015 KIAA Meeting Minutes

The KIAA Board met April 6, 2015, at Kenwood Rec Center.

Chair Larry Moran called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Board Members present: Larry Moran, Jack Levi, Mike Bono, Angie Erdrich, Josine Peters, Jeanette Colby, Kathy Low, Ed Pluimer, Jim Gilroy.

Others present: Matt Spies (ECLB Subcommittee) and other Kenwood residents

7th Ward Update – City Council Member Lisa Goodman

 

  • Street sweeping on most north/south streets will be the week of April 13th; east/west streets and the remaining north/south streets will be the week of April 20th. Yard waste pickup begins week of April 13th; use compostable bags or yard waste containers.
  • The next Lunch with Lisa will be on Wednesday April 29th. Olga Viso, Executive Director of the Walker Art Center, will give an in-depth look at the Walker’s $75 million renovation plans, including the Sculpture Garden and improvements to the hill and along Vineland Place. As usual, please arrive between 11:30 – 11:45 am to get lunch and a seat for the program.
  • Lisa Goodman is also arranging a visit to the Minneapolis Emergency Operations Center the week of May 4th for interested residents. The Center was moved to Fridley and improved after the 35W bridge collapse. Space will be limited. Notice will be sent to anyone who is signed up for her regular notices by email. (Email her office if you would like to be added to her distribution list.)
  • Some qualified residents of CIDNA and Lowry Hill have volunteered to be on the Kenilworth Station Art and Landscape Committee that will look at station area design for some of the Minneapolis Southwest Light Rail stations. Selections will be made soon; contact Lisa Goodman’s office if anyone else is interested. KIAA expressed the strong interest in having this committee consider ways that the presence of a station could have a positive impact on problems at East Cedar Lake beach. Lisa Goodman thinks the committee will be focused only on the station design.
  • The owners of 1800 Lake/Knox project have stopped pumping water from the basement of the building into Lake Calhoun in accordance with the consent decree.
  • The City’s composting program has started; organics can be taken to drop-off sites listed at http://minneapolismn.gov/solid-waste/organics/WCMS1P-131996. One of the drop-off sites is the South Transfer Station, 2850 20th Avenue South Minneapolis, MN 55407. Organics pick up will start in April 2016 for the Kenwood neighborhood. Homeowners will be charged for the service whether they sign up for pick up or not.

 

East Cedar Lake Beach Update – Matt Spies

 

  • The East Cedar Lake Beach KIAA subcommittee recently met and also conducted an online survey. Survey results will be posted on NextDoor; there was interest in log-rolling, which could be once/week in partnership with the maker of synthetic logs who lives in the area, as well as point-to-point swimming across Cedar Lake. The Park Board indicated that they would be supportive of this swimming by providing a lifeguard and allowing this activity, which normally is prohibited.
  • The subcommittee discussed that the Park Police are best situated to determine when to deploy extra policing funded by KIAA. Josine Peters introduced a resolution to allocate an additional $3,000 (when added to the previously approved $5,000, for a total of $8,000) of remaining KIAA NRP funds to the Police Buy-Back contract with the City. Jack Levi seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.
    • Another idea for positive programming at the Beach is a canoe paddle derby. Jeanette Colby has confirmed the details for one KIAA-sponsored event for all ages: the Open Eye Figure Theatre Driveway Tour will be on Friday, June 5th at 7 p.m. at East Cedar Lake Beach. Residents are invited to picnic and enjoy an innovative puppet show. Jeanette Colby introduced a resolution approving $400 for the event; Kathy Low seconded and it passed unanimously.
    • Long-term solutions to the problems at the Beach were also discussed at the subcommitee’s recent meeting. Some of the Park Board’s ideas to be considered in the future include fixing up trails and constructing restrooms. The suggestion that a CAC be formed as a forum for discussing these kinds of changes was met with enthusiasm.

 

 

SWLRT Discussion – Kathy Low

 

  • Kathy provided an update on the 106 review (environmental review process re: adverse impact of construction and operation of SWLRT on historically significant properties in the neighborhood). KIAA continues to use the PVN consulting firm to assist in our role as consulting party in this process. Kathy proposed a resolution to approve a contract with PVN for 2015 and to add $2,000 to the contract with the City using Neighborhood Priority Plan funds to cover this cost. The consultant will discuss with KIAA what scope of work is requested for each future meeting. It is possible that CIDNA will share in the cost of the consultant’s time to prepare and attend meetings. The motion was seconded and carried unanimously. Kathy will attend the next 106 meeting on April 22nd and KIAA will seek a new representative for future meetings.

 

KIAA Annual Gathering – Angie Erdrich, Ed Pluimer

 

  • The Kenwood Annual Gathering will be May 4th outside the downtown Kenwood businesses on West 21st Street beginning at 6 pm. BeARTrageous will host activities for children. The Bockley Gallery will serve as a rain location. Ed proposed a resolution to allocate $100 each to help with expenses those two businesses will incur as well as funds to cover other KIAA expenses for supplies for the event. Kathy Low seconded and the resolution passed unanimously. Delicious individually-prepared pizza will be prepared on site by Red Wagon Pizza. There will be a brief presentation by Chair Larry Moran at 6:30 describing KIAA activities. The 2015-2016 KIAA board will then be elected: new board members are needed and encouraged to attend. Last year was a huge success and all residents are welcome. Donations to the Bridge for Youth will be accepted.

 

The meeting was adjourned by Chair Larry Moran at 8:25 p.m.

 

Updates: If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at kiaa55405@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more. If you are interested in participating on the Board, please contact us.

The next Kenwood Isles Area Association Board meeting is Monday, May 4th from 6:00-7:30 p.m. on 21st Street in front of the Kenwood businesses as described above. Monthly meetings are held on the first calendar Monday of each month unless otherwise noted. KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident in each program, service and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting us at kiaa55405@gmail.com.

 

March 2015 KIAA Meeting Minutes

KIAA Board met March 2, 2015 at Kenwood Rec Center

Chair Larry Moran called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Board Members present: Larry Moran, Jack Levi, Mike Bono, Angie Erdrich, Josine Peters, Jeanette Colby, Kathy Low, Ed Pluimer, Shawn Smith (minute taker).

Others present: Park Police Chief Jason Ohotto, Matt Spies (ECLB Subcommittee), Dr. Eric Larson, and 6 other attendees and neighbors

City Council Update

No Update this month

 

East Cedar Lake Beach Update – Park Police Chief Ohotto

  • Chief Ohotto provided an update on how KIAA funding was utilized in the summer of 2014 beach season. A total of 93 hours were utilized by park police for a budget cost of $6084, over the authorization of $5000 by KIAA.
  • Most offenses at ECLB are due to narcotics and alcohol. Submitted for the minutes was a 10 year recap of police reports. 2014 had 101 reports written (not necessarily arrests)
  • Chief would like to continue to have “buy back” patrols in 2015 and to have funding in place before June for proactive presence at the beach. The Chief’s recommendation was to have an officer present from 11AM till 4PM on scheduled days (from buy back funding), so as not to double up coverage that is regularly scheduled after 2PM till 10PM, based on availability. He also recommended the board reach out to the 5th Precinct City Attorney for partnership in increasing awareness of repeat offenders. Further, to reach out to Crime Prevention Specialist Chelsea Adams for support.
  • Preceding the recommendation of the Hidden Beach task force, which will be provided to KIAA later in March, Jeanette Colby made a motion to authorize $5000 initially pending the recommendation of the committee (to be finalized March 17th at the rec center at 6:30, public welcome) and to be revisited at a later date in case extra funding is needed due to ideas that come from the task force. Josine Peters seconded. Unanimously approved.

 

SWLRT Discussion

  • Larry Moran provided an update from the Community Advisory Committee meeting (Jody Strakosch is the neighborhood CAC representative), which occurs the last Tuesday of each month. Topics included Development Reviews, Community Works, and Design and Engineering. The primary issue was the SDEIS which will be delayed until late Spring or early summer, or later. This is important as SDEIS would speak to the environmental impact of co-location of freight and LRT in the Kenilworth Corridor with a single tunnel. Once complete, the public will have a 45 day period to comment.
  • Kathy Low provided an update on the 106 review (adverse impact of construction and operation of SWLRT on historically significant properties). In December, KIAA sent a letter outlining concerns on this topic. MnDot agreed to expedite traffic studies to assess impact of project. It remains unclear what, if any, mitigation will be done to mitigate potential adverse impacts on historic properties. Motion carried unanimously for Kathy Low to send the letter regarding KIAA position on the channel. Motion also carried unanimously to authorize an additional $500 to pay the consultants PVN to help KIAA prepare a response letter to the most recent 106 consultation meeting.
  • Dr. Eric Larson, neighbor, addressed the board regarding the transportation of flammable liquids through the Kenilworth Corridor alongside SWLRT. He sent a letter to Fire Chief Fruetel asking him to explore the inherent danger of, and a plan to manage and mitigate the damage in the event of a spill or fire resulting from an ethanol train accident. Construction of the shallow tunnel will occur 12 feet from the freight rail track. Motion carried unanimously to endorse the letter.
  • Shawn Smith made a motion to update, sign on behalf of KIAA, and send a letter to Senator Dibble recapping the discussion on outstanding questions on SWLRT from the last two meetings, to outline where information is needed and outstanding concerns that are not addressed. Seconded by Josine, carried unanimously.

 

Sculpture Garden Renovation – Josine Peters (minutes addendum)

Statement:

As part of the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden renovation, the Walker Art Center will temporarily remove most sculptures. Many will be in storage, but others will be on short- or long-term loan to a number of Twin Cities institutions so that the public can still enjoy them during the construction project. The Walker is still in conversation with these potential partners and is identifying particular works for relocation. No official decisions have been made.

One thing we know for certain is that the Frank Gehry Standing Fish will be relocated from the Cowles Conservatory in order to reimagine that particular space. A formal announcement will be made in early 2015 announcing the relocation of specific artworks and their locations.

More information can be found on Minneapolisparks.org. Search under “current projects”

 

Kenwood Carnival

  • Motion carried unanimously to authorize $750 Kenwood Carnival.

 

Reminder: KIAA Annual Gathering

  • While not discussed in the meeting, the date of the Kenwood Annual Gathering will be May 4th in front of the Kenwood Restaurant, 6-7:30. BeArtrageous will host activities for children. The Bockley Gallery will serve as a rain location. Food will be Red Wagon Pizza. New prospective board members are welcome. All residents are welcome to attend and more details to come soon. Last year was a huge success and we will be electing the 2015-2016 KIAA board.

 

Volunteers are Needed for Earth Day Cleanup.

  • Meet on Saturday, April 25th at the Kenwood Rec Center. 9:30-noon. More info to come in April.

The meeting was adjourned by Chair Larry Moran at 8:32 p.m.

Updates: If you are interested in receiving monthly email updates, please email us at kiaa55405@gmail.com. Also please visit our website at kenwoodminneapolis.org to learn more. If you are interested in participating on the Board, please contact us.

The next Kenwood Isles Area Association Board meeting is Monday, April 6th from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Kenwood Recreation Center. Monthly meetings are held on the first calendar Monday of each month unless otherwise noted. KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting us at kenwoodminneapolis.org

 

February 2015 KIAA Meeting Minutes

KIAA Board met February 2, 2015 at Kenwood Rec Center

Chair Larry Moran called the meeting to order at 7:04 p.m.

Board Members present: Larry Moran, Jack Levi, Josine Peters, Jeanette Colby, Kathy Low, Ed Pluimer, Shawn Smith (minute taker).

Others present: Council Member Lisa Goodman; 4 neighbors

7th Ward Update – Lisa Goodman

Lunch with Lisa on Feb 25th and the topic is TBD at the time of this meeting. There will be a communication shortly to provide interested residents the time, place and topic. The last lunch was well attended with a speaker from the Youth Homelessness Initiative.

  • There is a wrecking permit pulled for a residence at 2536 Upton S for a replacement house.
  • Property valuation notices for 2015 have been mailed to residents. If residents would like to have a review for equalization of their property value, it must be done at this time. If you believe your property is not correctly assessed, please refer to the City of Minneapolis website for instructions. You will need to pull your own comparative properties and submit an application for review.

 

SWLRT Update, Section 106 Review (potential affects of SWLRT on historic properties) – Kathy Low

  • Kathy Low informed that the next SWLRT section 106 consultation meeting is 2/6. KIAA will attend the meeting along with the other consulting parties; SWLRT project staff, the State Historic Preservation Office, City of Minneapolis, the Park Board, CIDNA, and others. This meeting concerns solely the impact on the historical Kenilworth Channel crossing. Adverse effects on neighborhood historic properties from construction as well as operation of the trains and related traffic will continue to be the top focus of KIAA at future 106 meetings. Jeanette Colby motioned to approve $500 for the KIAA retained consultants Preservation Design Works to attend the meeting, Josine Peters seconded. The motion was approved.
  • There was a follow up discussion led by Larry Moran regarding the need for specifics from the SW Project office for what to expect in 2015 on the project to be able to inform residents and how best to obtain that information. Suggestions that were made would be finalized after the meeting as a follow up but included contacting representatives to request their attention to any concerns that are not being addressed.

 

East Cedar Lake Beach Update – Larry Moran

  • The KIAA task force is continuing to work on solutions for the 2015 beach season. The importance of continuity was stressed for a neighborhood strategy to address neighborhood concerns regarding the beach. If KIAA funds extra park police patrols in 2015, KIAA would work with funding recipients to align on how the money would be spent, and would look to include Chief Ohotto and Crime Prevention Specialist Chelsea Adams in the conversations. Jack Levi to follow up with Kathy Williams for an update from the task force on long term strategies and next steps.

 

Reminder: KIAA Annual Gathering

  • While not discussed in the meeting, the date of the Kenwood Annual Gathering will be May 4th. All residents are welcome to attend and more details to come soon. Last year was a huge success and we will be electing the 2015-2016 KIAA board.

 

The meeting was adjourned by Chair Larry Moran at 8:32 p.m.

If you are interested in participating on the Board, please contact us.

The next Kenwood Isles Area Association Board meeting is Monday, March 2nd from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Kenwood Recreation Center. Monthly meetings are held on the first calendar Monday of each month unless otherwise noted. KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting us at kenwoodminneapolis.org

January 2015 KIAA Meeting Minutes

KIAA Board met January 5, 2015 at Kenwood Rec Center

Vice Chair Mike Bono called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Board Members present: Mike Bono, Jim Gilroy, Jeanette Colby, Kathy Low, Ed Pluimer, Angie Erdrich, Shawn Smith (minute taker).

Others present: Council Member Lisa Goodman; Dan Pennie, Anne Carayon, Dylan Thomas (SW Journal), Jean Deatrick (Hill and Lakes Press), Bruce Brunner, Donna Minter, Jody Strakosch

7th Ward Update – Lisa Goodman

Lunch with Lisa on Jan 28th will feature a Youth Homelessness speaker. RSVP to Lisa’s office is appreciated.

  • SWLRT. There will be CIDNA, KIAA, Bryn Mawr, and Cedar Lake Park Association representation on committees regarding the W 21st St and Penn Ave stations. The city is seeking individuals with landscape architecture experience to serve on the committees and give input on environmental mitigation and remediation strategies.
  • A CIDNA homeowner described damage to homes on Sunset Blvd from the recent Met Council sewer reconstruction project. The Met Council and its contractor have not satisfactorily addressed the homeowners’ property damage claims according to the testimonial. Kathy Low brought forth a resolution for discussion, similar to one recently passed by CIDNA, requesting that the Met Council revise processes to resolve damage disputes and compensate property owners who suffer damage due to Met Council projects, especially in light of the proposed SWLRT construction. Discussion on how to engage state and city leadership is an issue that is common to neighborhoods at risk of damage by construction, for the agenda of a January 21st meeting. Kathy Low moved for approval of the resolution. Jeanette Colby seconded. Unanimously passed and final version was published to KIAA post-meeting.

SWLRT Update – Kathy Low

  • Kathy Low informed that on 1/7 the Park Board will vote on two resolutions – 1) request approval of funding to complete a study of tunneling under the Kenilworth Channel for SWLRT 2) a letter to the FTA stating that input from the Park Board has not been duly considered (note: the Park Board subsequently voted to approve these motions in the 1/7 meeting). In the board’s materials for discussion is the KIAA Section 106 letter (which is in regard to the adverse effects of construction on historic districts or properties). This letter was approved between KIAA monthly meetings. There was a general discussion regarding upcoming opportunities for neighborhood input, potentially coordinating input with CIDNA and Cedar Lake Park Association, and the reliability of the funding for above mentioned mitigation strategies.

Property Resolution – Kathy Low

Hidden Beach Committee

  • Mike Bono surfaced the discussion of the formation of a KIAA committee to proactively handle concerns for Hidden Beach. The committee chair description was developed by Chair Larry Moran prior to the meeting and was reviewed by the board members present. Angie Erdrich offered to get input on the draft description from Kathy Williams and the Hidden Beach committee she chairs currently.

KIAA Annual Gathering

  • The date of the Annual Gathering will be May 4th. Preparations are underway and more details are to come. All neighbors are encouraged to join in the annual celebration of our neighborhood, and participate in the election of the 2015-2016 KIAA board.

Rain Gardens

  • Angie Erdrich shared that 20 residents had applied for raingardens. A huge win for the
  1. The Rain Garden grant is through Metro Blooms.

 

Addendum:

  • The City of Minneapolis Public Works Department, after consultation with the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board, is working with a contractor to install a temporary diversion of the stormwater system from an outfall pipe in the Lagoon (between Lake of the Isles and Lake Calhoun) to the north shoreline of Lake Calhoun.

Work on the installation begain last week and is expected to be completed by January 16.

 

The meeting was adjourned by Vice Chair Mike Bono at 8:39 p.m.

 

The next Kenwood Isles Area Association Board meeting is Monday, February 2nd from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Kenwood Recreation Center. Monthly meetings are held on the first calendar Monday of each month unless otherwise noted. KIAA invites and encourages participation by every resident to each program, service and event organized by KIAA. Should you require an accommodation in order for you to fully participate, or if you require this document in a different format, please let us know by contacting us at kenwoodminneapolis.org